Kidnapping is closely linked to forced labour especially among domestic workers. However, kidnapping risks are also present in operations and supply chains. In some industries, workers themselves may face an unreasonable risk of assault, kidnapping for ransom or other external dangers, such as where they work in a conflict zone or where the product is highly desired or profitable.
The risk of assault, kidnapping or other external dangers is exacerbated in jobs that are dangerous, difficult, undesirable, low-paying or undervalued by society. In addition, these risks may be higher where the industry experiences seasonal demand fluctuations or extremely short production times.
Kidnapping and assault may violate an individual’s right to life, liberty and security of person. Employers have a responsibility to take steps to mitigate this risk and ensure a safe working environment. This may include providing appropriate security protection to vulnerable employees through contracted security providers and ensuring premises are secure.