Modern Day Slavery: 20 Million Slaves World Wide

‘The International Labour Organization estimates that 20.9 million people are victims of forced labour globally, trapped in jobs into which they were coerced or deceived and which they cannot leave. Human trafficking can also be regarded as forced labour, and so this estimate captures the full realm of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation, or what some call “modern-day slavery”. The data from which the estimate derives cover the study reference period of 2002- 2011. The estimate therefore means that some 20.9 million people, or around three out of every 1,000 persons worldwide, were in forced labour at any given point in time over this ten-year period. This figure represents a conservative estimate, given the strict methodology employed to measure this largely hidden crime.’


About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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