NEW! Global Estimates on Modern Slavery (Forced Labour and Forced Marriage) and on Child Labour
On any given day in 2016 an estimated 40.3 million people were victims of modern slavery. Of this number, 24.9 million were in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriage, along with 151.6 million children aged 5-17 in child labour.
These estimates reveal the true scale of modern slavery around the world. They were released during the United Nations General Assembly and further demonstrate that the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal Target 8.7, will not be achieved unless efforts to fight modern slavery are dramatically increased.
Workers are vulnerable to abusive recruitment practices, especially when there is a lack of protection by transparent laws and effective enforcement. The exploitation of such workers by unscrupulous recruiters can unfortunately lead to situations of forced labour and human trafficking. The first edition of the ITCILO programme on "Establishing fair recruitment processes", held on campus from 18 to 22 September, is a direct answer to the acknowledged need to reinforce the capacities of the ILO constituents and other key actors on how to protect vulnerable workers during the recruitment and placement process.
The 2017 Global Estimates can be found online at www.alliance87.org/2017ge together with the following reports:
- Global estimates of modern slavery: forced labour and forced marriage , prepared jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Read the Executive Summary.
- Global estimates of child labour: results and trends, 2012-2016 , prepared by the International Labour Organization (ILO). Read the Executive Summary.