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Bonded Labour: A Worst Form of Slavery A case Study of Pakistan

Khan, Zafar LU (2010) JAMM06 20091
Department of Law
Abstract
Debt bondage is worst of slavery and the vicious network of debt bondage has enslaved thousands of workers including women and children and its continuous escalating per year. Debt bondage is a dominant feature in brick kilns and agriculture sectors inform of advance (peshgi) payment to workers. The menace of debt bondage not only exploits the worker but also involve the economic and physical coercion to the worker and their families. Over the last decades, eliminating the bonded labour, its causes and consequences have been vital concern of ILO in Pakistan. In eliminating bonded labour from labour market the government of Pakistan has taken half hearted efforts. The Government of Pakistan enacted the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act... (More)
Debt bondage is worst of slavery and the vicious network of debt bondage has enslaved thousands of workers including women and children and its continuous escalating per year. Debt bondage is a dominant feature in brick kilns and agriculture sectors inform of advance (peshgi) payment to workers. The menace of debt bondage not only exploits the worker but also involve the economic and physical coercion to the worker and their families. Over the last decades, eliminating the bonded labour, its causes and consequences have been vital concern of ILO in Pakistan. In eliminating bonded labour from labour market the government of Pakistan has taken half hearted efforts. The Government of Pakistan enacted the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act (BLSA) in 1992. The purpose and aim of the BLSA was to eradicate the menace of (peshgi) which is deeply rooted in labour market and to abolish the system of bonded labour and all forms of forced labour regardless of age, sex, race, color and religion with immediate effect. The research indicate that implementation of BLSA is hindered due to other provincial and local laws implemented in respective sectors. Examining relevant labour laws implemented in brick kiln and agriculture sector revealed that those provincial laws are not analogous with BLSA with regard to eliminating bonded labour.
Elimination of bonded labour requires prompt acts on several fronts including social, economic and legal structure. And if taking out one act it would be that state must strictly apply punishment against bonded labour. Provincial and district governments can play important role in implementing the BLSA. The BLSA can be implemented in its real essence if the provincial governments take efforts to amend respective provincial laws which hampering the effectiveness of BLSA. (Less)
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Khan, Zafar LU
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JAMM06 20091
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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International Human Rights Law and International Labour Rights
language
English
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1712340
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  abstract     = {Debt bondage is worst of slavery and the vicious network of debt bondage has enslaved thousands of workers including women and children and its continuous escalating per year. Debt bondage is a dominant feature in brick kilns and agriculture sectors inform of advance (peshgi) payment to workers. The menace of debt bondage not only exploits the worker but also involve the economic and physical coercion to the worker and their families. Over the last decades, eliminating the bonded labour, its causes and consequences have been vital concern of ILO in Pakistan. In eliminating bonded labour from labour market the government of Pakistan has taken half hearted efforts. The Government of Pakistan enacted the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act (BLSA) in 1992. The purpose and aim of the BLSA was to eradicate the menace of (peshgi) which is deeply rooted in labour market and to abolish the system of bonded labour and all forms of forced labour regardless of age, sex, race, color and religion with immediate effect. The research indicate that implementation of BLSA is hindered due to other provincial and local laws implemented in respective sectors. Examining relevant labour laws implemented in brick kiln and agriculture sector revealed that those provincial laws are not analogous with BLSA with regard to eliminating bonded labour. 
Elimination of bonded labour requires prompt acts on several fronts including social, economic and legal structure. And if taking out one act it would be that state must strictly apply punishment against bonded labour. Provincial and district governments can play important role in implementing the BLSA. The BLSA can be implemented in its real essence if the provincial governments take efforts to amend respective provincial laws which hampering the effectiveness of BLSA.},
  author       = {Khan, Zafar},
  keyword      = {International Human Rights Law and International Labour Rights},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Bonded Labour: A Worst Form of Slavery A case Study of Pakistan},
  year         = {2010},
}