Gaps in available Bonded Labourers laws
Bonded labor, also known as debt bondage, is a form of modern slavery where a person is forced to
work to pay off a debt, often under inhumane conditions with little or no pay. Pakistan has laws in place
to address bonded labor, including the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1992 and the Provincial
Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Acts. However, there are gaps in these laws that allow for
exploitation and abuse to continue.
One gap in the laws is the lack of clear definitions and criteria for identifying and addressing bonded
labor situations. This makes it difficult for authorities to effectively enforce the laws and prosecute those
responsible for exploiting bonded laborers.
Another gap is the limited scope of the laws, which only apply to specific industries such as agriculture,
brick kilns, and mining. Bonded labor is also prevalent in other industries such as textiles, construction,
and domestic work, but these industries are not covered by the existing laws.
Furthermore, the laws do not provide sufficient protection and support for the rehabilitation and
reintegration of freed bonded laborers. Many freed bonded laborers face stigma and discrimination, and
struggle to access basic services and employment opportunities.
GBF works to address these gaps in the laws by advocating for the inclusion of clear definitions and
criteria for identifying and addressing bonded labor situations. GBF also works to expand the scope of
the laws to cover all industries where bonded labor is prevalent, and to improve the protection and
support for freed bonded laborers.
GBF works with government authorities, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to ensure
that the laws are effectively implemented and enforced. GBF also conducts awareness-raising activities
to educate the public about bonded labor and their rights, and to promote a culture of respect for
human rights and dignity