Slavery is still a very real and widespread phenomenon, affecting more than 40 million people worldwide, says the International Labour Organization (ILO), with children making up a quarter of the victims , despite the entry into force of the landmark Forced Labour protocol in 2016.
2 December is designated the UN International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, which marks the adoption by the General Assembly of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others, which entered into force in 1951.
Around 40.3 million people are victims of modern slavery today, including 24.9 in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriage.
One in four victims of modern slavery are children, according to figures from the United Nations. Of the 24.9 million people trapped in forced labour, 16 million are exploited in the private sector, including in domestic work, construction or agriculture; 4.8 million people are victims of sexual exploitation; and 4 million people are in forced labour imposed by state authorities.
Moreover, women and girls are disproportionately affected by forced labour, accounting for 99 percent of victims in the commercial sex industry, and 58 percent in other sectors.
Source: First Post