Why it matters
More people are enslaved today than at any time in human history. In no country is slavery legal; yet it happens everywhere. Modern slavery is hidden in red light districts and factories, on fishing boats and farms, through our supply chains, and even within our own homes. The number of people in slavery grows each year - more urgency has never been needed.
Forms of slavery
Slavery affects the vulnerable – men, women, and children alike. Ultimately, modern slavery is characterised by the denial of a basic freedom and human dignity when a victim is exploited for economic or personal gain.
Being forced to work under the threat of violence or for no pay. Slaves are treated like property and exploited to create products like technology, fashion, or other items for commercial sale.
The recruitment, transportation, or transfer of individuals against their will by improper means to be taken advantage of for forced labor and/or sexual exploitation
Women, men, or children who are forced into the commercial sex industry and held against their will by force, fraud, or coercion.
Forcing a woman or child to get married without consent or against their will.
Any enslavement of children — whether forced labor, domestic servitude, or sex trafficking.
Individuals who are forced into labor in order to pay back debts and unable to leave until the debt is repaid.
Domestic workers working in private homes who are forced or strong-armed into serving and/or fraudulently convinced that leaving is no option.
There is no country free from slavery.
Slavery is no longer a distant problem. It is closer and more connected to us than we think.