UN research, in conjunction with its associates, states that globally 40 million people around the world were victims of modern slavery in 2016.

Research undertaken in 48 countries and interviews with over 70,000 people, discloses 25 million people in forced labour, and 15 million in forced marriage, with women and children the main victims. In terms of forced labour, domestic work, construction, manufacturing and fishing (in that order) are the worst offending sectors. In terms of the worst offending countries, these are, again in order: Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and Central Asia.


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