The Problem

There are an estimated 40.3 million people in modern slavery around the world, including:

  • 10 million children
  • 24.9 million people in forced labour
  • 15.4 million people in forced marriage
  • 4.8 million people in forced sexual exploitation

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.  Anti-Slavery International