Forced labour

Forced labour[1] is a serious human rights violation. It refers to all work or service which is exacted from any person under the threat of a penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself or herself voluntarily.

Facts and Statistics

  • It is estimated that at any given time in 2016,40.3 million people have been subjected to modern-day slavery. This figure includes 24.9 million in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriage.
  • This means that in the world there are 5.4 victims of modern-day slavery per 1,000 people.
  • 1 in 4 victims of modern-day slavery are children.