Sunday, December 17, 2017
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Forty million victims of modern slavery in 2016: report

Women and girls are disproportionately affected by modern slavery, 71 percent of the overall total, a study says.

modern slavery

Forty million people around the world, mostly women and girls, were victims of modern slavery last year, according to a new report.

The study by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said that about 25 million were in forced labour, and 15 million were in forced marriage in 2016.

Women and girls accounted for almost 29 million - or 71 percent - of those trapped in modern slavery worldwide, the report found.

The new estimates, released during the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, also found that about 152 million children, aged between 5 and 17, were subject to child labour in the same period.

 

 

The report added one in four victims of modern slavery were children in 2016.

Women represented 99 percent of the victims of forced labour in the commercial sex industry and 84 percent of forced marriages, according to the study.

Millions of women in forced marriages

In addition, the research found that among the 40 million victims of modern slavery, 

Child labour remained concentrated primarily in agriculture, accounting for 70.9 percent of the total.

Almost one in five child labourers work in the services sector, at 17.1 percent, while 11.9 percent of child labourers work in industry, according to the study.

slavery

Guy Ryder, ILO director-general, said that the world will not be in a position to achieve its sustainable development goals unless the international community dramatically increase efforts to fight the scourges put in the report.

"These new global estimates can help shape and develop interventions to prevent both forced labour and child labour," he said.

Andrew Forrest, founder of the The Walk Free Foundation, said: "We all have a role to play in changing this reality - business, government, civil society, every one of us."


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa calls for unit...

Read More

Officers dead in Somalia police aca...

Read More

Rwanda report: France 'complicit' i...

Read More

Liberia elections: Run-off vote set...

Read More

Women take to streets to demand end...

Read More

UN peacekeepers, Congolese soldiers...

Read More

Global_News

Relatives of crew members from missing vessels are demanding the search operation continues until it is found.

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

From snowfall to sunshine

Palestinians hold 'day of rage'