Labour Trafficking among Men and Boys in the Greater Mekong Subregion: Exploitation, Violence, Occupational Health Risks and InjuriesReportar como inadecuado

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Men comprise nearly two-thirds of trafficked and forced labourers in common low-skilled labour sectors including fishing, agriculture and factory work. Yet, most evidence on human trafficking has focused on women and girls trafficked for sex work, with scant research on trafficked men and boys.


We analyse survey data from the largest systematic consecutive sample of trafficked people collected to date to describe the prevalence of violence, occupational health risks and injuries and associated factors. Participants were labour-trafficked men and boys using post-trafficking support services in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.


Data are presented on 446 males aged 10–58. Men and boys were mainly trafficked for fishing 61.7%, manufacturing 19.1% and begging 5.2%. Fishermen worked extensive hours mean 18.8 hours-day, SD 5.9 and factory workers worked on average 11.9 hours-day SD 2.9. 35.5% of male survivors had been injured while trafficked; 29.4% received no personal protective equipment e.g. gloves. The most commonly reported injuries among all males were deep cuts 61.8% and skin injuries 36.7%, injuries for which fewer than one-quarter reported receiving medical care. Six fishermen lost body parts, none of whom received medical care. Most males 80.5% had no or very few rest breaks. One-third 37.8% experienced severe violence. Work-related injuries were associated with severe violence AOR 3.44, CI:1.63–7.26, being in the fishing sector, AOR 4.12, CI:2.39–7.09 and threats AOR 2.77, CI:1.62–4.75. Experiencing any violence was associated with threats AOR 26.86, CI:14.0–51.23, being in the fishing sector AOR 18.53, CI:8.74–39.28 and fluency in language of destination country AOR 0.39, CI:0.20–0.75.


This study highlights the abuse and extreme occupational hazards suffered by trafficked men and boys. Occupational health and safety interventions are urgently needed to protect male migrant labourers working in high-risk sectors, particularly fishing.

Autor: Nicola S. Pocock , Ligia Kiss, Sian Oram, Cathy Zimmerman



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