ILO 2012 Global Estimate of Forced Labour Executive Summary
This report discusses the extent of forced labour globally. The ILO estimates that 20.9 million people are victims of forced labor globally, trapped in jobs into which they were coerced or deceived and which they cannot leave. This figure represents a conservative estimate, given the strict methodology employed to measure this largely hidden crime. Human trafficking can also be regarded as forced labor, and so this estimate captures the full realm of human trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation or what some call “modern-day slavery”. The figure means that around three out of every 1,000 persons worldwide are in forced labor at any given point in time.
© 2012 International Labour Organization (ILO)
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