Child labour and modern slavery in the world

Research reveals that among the 40 million victims of modern slavery, about 25 million were in forced labour, and 15 million were in forced marriage. Child labour remains concentrated primarily in agriculture (70.9 per cent). Almost one in five child labourers work in the services sector (17.1 per cent) while 11.9 per cent of child labourers work in industry. According to ILO’s Director General, Guy Ryder : “These new global estimates can help shape and develop interventions to prevent both forced labour and child labour.

New global  estimates

The message the ILO is sending today (yesterday)-together with our partners in Alliance 8.7 – is very clear: the world won’t be in a position to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals  unless we dramatically increase our efforts to fight these scourges.

These new global estimates can help shape and develop interventions to prevent both forced labour and child labour.”  Mr Andrew Forrest AO, Chairman and Founder of the Walk Free Foundation said: “The fact that as a society we still have 40 million people in modern slavery, on any given day shames us all.

If we consider the results of the last five years, for which we have collected data, 89 million people experienced some form of modern slavery for periods of time ranging from a few days to five years. This speaks to the deep seated discrimination and inequalities in our world today, coupled with a shocking tolerance of exploitation. This has to stop. We all have a role to play in changing this reality – business, government, civil society, every one of us.”

About the data: The new global estimates are a collective effort from members of Alliance 8.7, the global partnership to end forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour that brings together key partners representing governments, UN organisations, the private sector, workers’ and employers’ organizations and civil society in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7. The data is published in two reports:  Global estimates of modern slavery: Forced labour and forced marriage , prepared jointly by ILO and Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with  IOM,. Read the Executive Summary.  Global estimates of child labour: Results and trends, 2012-2016 , prepared by the International Labour Organization (ILO). Read the Executive Summary.

Modern Slavery: There are an estimated 40 million people trapped in Modern Slavery. Women and girls are disproportionately affected by modern slavery, accounting for almost 29 million, or 71 per cent of the overall total. One in four victims of modern slavery are children, or about 10 million children. Some 37 percent (or 5.7 million) of those forced to marry were children

Forced labour: An estimated 25 million people were in forced labour at any moment in time in 2016. Out of them, 16 million people were in forced labour exploitation in the private sector such as domestic work, construction, agriculture. About 5 million persons were in forced sexual exploitation, and just over four million persons (or 16 per cent of the total) were in forced labour imposed by their state authorities.

Forced marriage: An estimated 15.4 million people were living in a forced marriage at any moment in time in 2016. Of this total, 6.5 million cases had occurred in the past five years (2012-2016) and the remainder had taken place prior to this period but continued into it.More than one third of all victims of forced marriage were children at the time of the marriage, and almost all child victims were girls.

Chid Labour: 152 million children – 64 million girls and 88 million boys – are subject to child labour and account for almost one in ten children around the world.The highest number of children aged 5 to 17 engaged in child labour were to be found in Africa (72.1 million), followed by Asia and the Pacific (62 million), the Americas (10.7 million), Europe and Central Asia (5.5 million) and the Arab States (1.2 million). Approximately one third of children aged 5 to 14 engaged in child labour are outside the education system. 38 per cent of children in hazardous work aged 5 to 14 and almost two-thirds of those aged 15-17 work more than 43 hours per week.

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