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Forced labour

Forced labour

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"According to ILO's most recent global estimate, there are at least 20.9 million victims of forced labour, trafficking and slavery in the world today. About 90 per cent of today's forced labour is exacted in the private economy, primarily in labour intensive industries (...) Forced labour affects the most vulnerable and least protected people, perpetuating a vicious cycle of poverty and dependency.

Women, low-skilled migrant workers, children, indigenous peoples and other groups suffering discrimination on different grounds are disproportionally affected.

ILO's strategy seeks to address root causes of forced labour both by empowering vulnerable people to resist coercion at work and by addressing the factors that allow unscrupulous employers to profit from their exploitation."

Stopping forced labour and slavery-like practices - The ILO strategy, 2012 (pdf 850 KB)