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Labour Migration, Human Trafficking and Multinational Corporations by Antonela Arhin, Ato Quayson

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9    Minimum wage

An ally in the fight against human trafficking for labour exploitation?

Anne Pawletta and Philipp Schwertmann

Introduction

When reading about forced labour cases, payment below minimum wage is a recurring element in the description of cases. This is not reflected in most legislation on human trafficking for labour exploitation. While the elements of human trafficking (recruitment, transport, harbouring) are described in detail in most countries’ anti-trafficking legislation, following closely (sometimes word by word) the Palermo Protocol, national legislation is largely silent on the purpose of trafficking crimes when it comes to labour exploitation. However, human trafficking is an issue that is particularly prevalent within ...

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