Slavery has been formally abolished worldwide, which can be seen as one of the greatest achievements in the history of mankind. Yet, in the 21st century, slavery still exists and, worse yet, it cannot only be blamed on purveyors and purchasers of sex-trafficking. Extreme forms of exploitation occur for the benefit of many of us, even if inadvertently, in the clothing we wear, the toys we buy for our children and the seafood on our plates.
Research on ‘new slavery’ suggests the continued existence of slavery on a large scale. It is estimated that there are between 27 and 200 million slaves in the world today, depending on the definition of slavery used.
People were victims of modern slavery
People experienced some form of modern slavery for periods of time ranging from a few days to five years
people in forced labour
People in forced marriage
Of modern slavery for every thousand people in the world; 5.9 adult victims of modern slavery for every 1,000 adults in the world and 4.4 child victims for every 1,000 children in the world
Of modern slavery victims were women and girls
Victims of modern slavery were children
Debt bondage affected half of all victims of forced labour imposed by private actors