The numbers on human trafficking


Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery. It is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Nonetheless, there are thousands of men, women and children being trafficked in their own countries and abroad. According to the Global Slavery Index report by the Walk Free Foundation, there is a total estimate of 29.8 million people enslaved around the world in 20131.

The International Labour Organisation states that 68% of the global estimate are victims of forced labour exploitation, primarily in agriculture, construction, domestic work, manufacturing, mining and utilities; 22% are victims of forced sexual exploitation; and the remaining 10% of the victims are in state-imposed forms of forced labour, such as prisons, or in work imposed by military or paramilitary forces2.

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