are women and girls
are in forced labour
are in forced marriage
Walk Free’s Global Slavery Index is the world’s most comprehensive data set of modern slavery.
We use this data to mobilise powerful forces for change against these abuses of human rights.
We work with governments, businesses, religious and community leaders to drive systems change. We partner directly with frontline organisations to liberate people trapped in slavery around the world.
We independently and unashamedly agitate for change.
We approach this challenge by integrating world class research with direct engagement with some of the world’s most influential government, business and religious leaders. We invest our time and resources in a collaborative manner to drive behaviour and legislative change to impact the lives of the estimated 49.6 million people living in modern slavery today.
It is unthinkable that one human should ever be allowed to deny another human of these basic rights through fear, exploitation, deceit, or physical or emotional restraint.
At Walk Free, we fight for the silenced to regain their voices. There are some who say the problem is too hard, that there are more pressing issues, or that this is a challenge for governments to solve. We believe nothing is more important than human life. We can, and must, do everything in our power to end modern slavery.
One in every 130 females globally is living in modern slavery. In fact, women and girls account for 71 per cent of all victims of modern slavery. Although modern slavery affects everyone, there is no escaping the fact that it is a gendered issue. Females account for a staggering 99 per cent of all victims of forced sexual exploitation, 84 per cent of all victims of forced marriage, and 58 per cent of all victims of forced labour. Females also outnumber males as victims of modern slavery in four of five world regions.