Facts and Statics

·            Around 21 million people worldwide are victims of forced labour.

·           168 million children are engaged in child labour, almost half of them in its worst forms, mainly in hazardous work. 100 million of them are male and 68 million female.

·           It is believed that US$150 billion profits are generated through child labour. 

·           85 million (more than half the boys and girls engaged in child labour) do hazardous work.

Child labour

Children have the right to attend school, to play, to grow up in protected environments, and to enjoy their childhood.

Nevertheless, according to the latest International Labour Organization (ILO) global estimates (2012)[i], 168 million children worldwide are in child labour. Over half of these children (85 million) are in hazardous work that is likely to jeopardize their health, safety or moral development.

Alliance 8.7

In September 2015, the global leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustained Development, which comprises 17 interrelated goals and 169 associated targets to guide global development. Under goal 8.7 the leaders committed to:

Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.