WALK FREE FOUNDATION : PROTECTING PEOPLE IN A PANDEMIC REPORT
URGENT COLLABORATION IS NEEDED TO PROTECT VULNERABLE WORKERS AND PREVENT EXPLOITATION
This publication examines key risks that COVID-19 presents for migrant and other vulnerable workers. The report provides practical guidance and current examples of measures that business and government can take to mitigate those risks. The report is informed by a rapid assessment of immediate COVID-related risks, responses, and recommendations identified by civil society, international organisations, business and industry groups, and worker rights’ networks.
Millions of vulnerable workers do not have access to COVID-19 testing, health care, sick leave or the physical or financial ability to isolate. Many have lost jobs and are stranded overseas, unable to support themselves or return home due to lockdowns and travel restrictions. The combination of these health, safety and economic risks creates the perfect storm for exploitation, human trafficking and modern slavery to flourish.