A factory fire in Lima, Peru, that killed four young people has drawn official and international attention to the sometimes deadly risk posed by the country’s use of forced labor, or slave labor. This tragedy, the International Labor Organization says, revealed that the Peruvian factory had operated in an abusive manner that “approaches modern forms of slavery such as forced labor, which affects millions of people around the world.”
The death toll from the garment factory collapse in Dhaka tips 1,000 and the rescue effort is coming to an end. Two weeks since the tragic incident laborers in Bangladesh are making small gains. The government says it is prepared to increase the minimum wage and allow workers to form trade unions without factory owner permission.