Costa Rica: Costa Rica backs U.N. treaty to combat forced labor

Costa Rica vowed on Monday to ramp up its fight against modern slavery by signing a United Nations treaty that requires countries to identify and rescue victims of forced labor, provide them with compensation and punish human traffickers.

The Central American nation is the 47th country globally and the fifth in Latin America and the Caribbean to ratify the 2014 pact, the U.N. International Labour Organization (ILO) said.

The legally binding treaty – a protocol to the ILO’s Forced Labour Convention of 1930 – compels nations to enact measures to prevent forced labor, protect victims and provide compensation.

An estimated 20 million people globally are forced labor victims while 4.8 million are trafficked for sex, the ILO says.

Costa Rica is home to an estimated 6,000 victims of modern slavery – affecting one in 800 of its population of 5 million – says the 2018 Global Slavery Index by rights group Walk Free.

The original full article can be found at reuters.com

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