Forced Labour in Sweden? Case of Migrant Berry Pickers: A Report to the Council of Baltic Sea States Task Force on Trafficking in Human Beings: Forced Labour Exploitation and Counter Trafficking in the Baltic Sea Region
2011 (English)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
The legal transposition in Sweden of international law on forced labour is analysed and important weaknesses in the implementation and application of such law are identified. These deficiencies are illustrated by the treatment and means of redress available to foreign berry pickers who annually gather wild berries in the forests of Sweden. A case study of the recruitment and employment of Thai berry pickers is presented, exemplifying serious deficiencies in labour protection both in terms of legal recourse and regulation through the labour market. As a result groups of berry pickers have been subject to various illegal forms of detriment amounting to evidence of forced labour. A number of policy recommendations are made for strengthening the legal and labour market regulatory framework to enable effective control of forced labour in this sector of work in Sweden.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2011. , 20 p.
Forced labour, Sweden, migrants, berry pickers
Law and Society
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77711OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-77711DiVA: diva2:528568
ProjectsTask Force on Trafficking in Human Beings: Forced Labour Exploitation and Counter Trafficking in the Baltic Sea Region