Over 50 million people in 2021 lived in conditions of modern slavery

(ORDO NEWS) — The latest global estimates, compiled by Anadolu Agency (AA) on the occasion of the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, show that in 2021, 50 million people were living in conditions of modern slavery.

“Of these people, 28 million were engaged in forced labor, while 22 million were trapped in forced marriage,” said a joint report released in September titled “Global Estimates of Modern Slavery” by the International Labor Organization, the International Organization for Migration and the non-profit organization Walk Free.

The report states that in the last five years there has been a significant increase in the number of people trapped in modern slavery, as according to global estimates, in 2021 there were 10 million more people involved in modern slavery compared to 2016.

Modern slavery consists of two main components: forced labor and forced marriage.

Both refer to situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or escape from because of threats, violence, fraud, abuse of power or other forms of coercion.

“Women and girls account for 11.8 million of the total number of people involved in forced labor. More than 3.3 million of all those in forced labor are children,” the report states, adding that over two-thirds of those in forced marriage are women, or about 14.9 million women and girls.

The United Nations (UN) on December 2, 1949 adopted a resolution aimed at eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as human trafficking, sexual exploitation, child labor and forced marriage. Since then, December 2 is marked every year as the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.


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