Human trafficking and modern slavery are happening in every corner of the globe
Given the hidden nature of human trafficking, it is almost impossible to understand the full scope and scale of the issue.
Amongst the most trusted sources for understanding the global situation is the research by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
According to the latest report on forced labour by the ILO:
An estimated 21 million victims are trapped in modern-day slavery.
Human trafficking and modern slavery do not discriminate; they affect men and women of all ages.
55% of trafficking victims around the world are women and girls and 45% are men and boys
15.4 million victims (74%) are aged 18 or older, with the number of children under the age of 18 estimated at 5.5 million (26%)
Human trafficking does not always involve travel to the destination of exploitation.
9.1 million victims of forced labor (44%) are moved either internally or internationally. The majority, 11.8 million (56%), are subjected to forced labour within their place of origin
Forced labor takes place in many different industries. Of the 14.2 million trafficking victims exploited for labour:
While every industry is susceptible, those highlighted in the report are broken down as follows: