29.8 million people enslaved worldwide
Across the globe, an estimated 20.9 million people are currently living in modern slavery. Stripped of their dignity and humanity; forced to work effectively without pay; trapped behind bars and worse. The world’s most vulnerable sentenced to a lifetime of rape, abuse and extreme labor.
Those who perpetuate modern slavery count on our silence to drive their profits. They survive on secrecy and stigma. Without the attention of world leaders, they have been able to enslave more people today than at any point in history.
If we take a stand now, we can make ending slavery a global priority, ensuring those trapped in the silent web of slavery are not ignored.
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Today, people are living in slavery in countries all around the world. Slavery is hidden away in factories, on farms, and behind closed doors, in homes and other places in the cities and towns of the world’s richest and poorest nations. But with the power of a worldwide movement, social networks, and technologies, we can expose these hidden crimes – so that ours is the last generation that needs to fight the trade in human lives.
Slavery is illegal in almost every nation on earth but slavery still exists everywhere.
No matter where you are, it’s close to home. Modern slavery affects people in the world's richest and the world's poorest countries, within borders and across borders. Slavery can trap thousands in one place – like mines and factories – or happen at a small scale, where a single girl is trapped in a stranger’s home and forced to work without pay. Source: U.S. State Department
It is estimated that at least 20.9 million people are forced to live in slavery around the world today.
Many people think slavery was abolished years ago. But there are more people living in slavery today than the total number of people taken from Africa to America in the vast trans-Atlantic slave trade between the 17th and 19th centuries. And even a single person is one person too many. Source: International Labor Organization
The victims of slavery can be as young as five or six years old.
Young children have their childhoods stolen from them. Teenagers who reach for a better life can find themselves tricked into accepting the offer of a job far away that turns into the nightmare of slavery. Slavery is our generation’s problem – and our generation must provide the solution. Source: International Organisation for Migration
Modern slavery generates profit of over US $32 billion for slaveholders.
Modern slavery is profitable, generating at least US$32 billion in profits every year – more than the entire output of Iceland, Nicaragua, Rwanda, and Mongolia combined. And it isn’t just a problem in distant, poor countries; nearly half the total, an estimated $15.5 billion, is made in wealthy industrialized countries. Source: International Labor Organization
Slave labor contributes to the production of at least 122 goods from 58 countries worldwide.
Official U.S. government research identifies many products – such as diamonds from Africa, bricks from Brazil, and shrimp from Southeast Asia – as products that are commonly produced with slave labor. Around the world, people are forced to work with the threat of violence for little or no pay producing dozens of things we use every day, like soccer balls, flowers, and chocolate. Source: U.S. Department of Labor - ILAB