The new global estimates on child labour and forced labour were presented at the United Nations General Assembly. According to the research, 152 million children worldwide are in child labour and more than 40 million people are victims of forced labour, forced marriage, modern slavery and human trafficking.
The global estimates are available online at http://www.alliance87.org/2017ge and the data are published in two reports:
- Global estimate on modern slavery: Forced labour and forced marriage, prepared jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in collaboration with the World Organization for Migration (IOM).
- Global Estimate on Child Labour: Results and Trends, 2012-2016, prepared by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The new global estimates are the result of a collective effort by Alliance members 8.7, the global partnership to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, trafficking in human beings and child labour, bringing together major partners representing governments, United Nations organizations, the private sector, workers' and employers' organizations and civil society to achieve target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In this regard, Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO, said: “The message the ILO is sending today – 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.”