GEMS The Global Estimates of Modern Slavery

On any given day in 2016, 40.3 million people were victims of modern slavery. This includes:

  • 24.9 million people in forced labour
  • 15.4 million people in forced marriage

The 2017 Global Estimates of Modern Slavery are a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular to Target 8.7, which calls for effective measures to end forced labour, modern slavery, and human trafficking, as well as child labour in all its forms. It is intended to be used a baseline for the assessment of progress in meeting that and related SDG targets, particularly those on violence against women and girls.

The Global Estimates of Modern Slavery are the result of a collaborative effort between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Drawing on thousands of responses from face-to-face interviews and data from the International Organization for Migration, the global estimate provides further insights into the numbers behind slavery, with break-downs by region, age group and gender.


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