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There are an estimated 2.9 million people trapped in forced labour in the construction industry. Exploitation is most prominent in the production of building supplies, the extraction of raw materials and amongst sub-contracted and migrant labourers working on site.

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Too often our homes, our offices, and even the shining new stadiums of the World Cup are tainted by slavery. Men, women and children are enslaved in the production of building supplies such as bricks, fittings, flooring and roofing; the mining of raw materials such as, timber, gravel, tin, zinc and granite; and when they physically labour on development sites.

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Construction Quiz


Approximately, how many people are trapped in forced labour in the construction industry?

  • 0.7 million
  • 2.9 million
  • 1.8 million
  • 4.1 million

Points: 2

True or False? The construction industry is the largest sector for forced labour in the private economy?

  • True
  • False

    Construction is the second largest, after domestic work.

Points: 2

Which factors make migrant labourers particularly vulnerable to exploitation?

  • Language Barriers

    All these factors contribute to exploitation

  • Limited understanding of their right

    All these factors contribute to exploitation

  • Social Isolation

    All these factors contribute to exploitation

  • Lack of access to support

    All these factors contribure to exploitation

Points: 3

True or False. The construction industry in Australia is largely free of forced labour.

  • True

    There is still some evidence of exploitation in Australia

  • False

Points: 2

True or False. Adult men are the only demographic subject to slavery in the construction industry

  • True

    Women and Children are also subject to forced labour in the construction industry

  • False

Points: 2