Someone is in slavery if they are…

  • Forced to work – through coercion, or mental or physical threat
  • Owned or controlled by an ’employer’ – through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse
  • Dehumanised – treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’
  • Physically constrained or have restrictions placed on their freedom of movement.  


Global estimates of modern slavery: Forced labour and forced marriage. International Labour Office (ILO) and Walk Free Foundation, 2017 ➞