Millions in Slavery Worldwide. Where are They? -

Millions in Slavery Worldwide. Where are They?

  • Published on
    September 19, 2017
  • Written by:
    Jackie Schmidt
  • Category:
    Child Slavery, Debt Bondage, Domestic Slavery, Forced Labor, Forced Marriage, Human Trafficking, Law & Policy, Technology & Tools
Hero Banner
New data released this week estimate that 40.3 million people were in modern slavery in 2016. The International Labour Office (ILO) and Walk Free Foundation revealed their joint figures at the United Nations, as reported in this Washington Post article. However, despite more extensive research, gaps remain, making it hard to determine the exact numbers in modern slavery today.

“The authors of the Global Estimates of Modern Slavery study admit there are gaps in the available information: Although extensive United Nations data has been used in the study, some countries and sub-national regions are missing.”

Fiona David from Walk Free Foundation said, “It’s difficult or even impossible to do research in areas of high conflict.” In fact, David explained, Syria and northern Nigeria are not even included in the study, so the 40.3 estimate is probably in reality too low.

These new estimates bring together previously disparate numbers published by the Walk Free Foundation, through their Global Slavery Index, and the ILO, the UN agency that sets labor standards and works to end forced labor.

Freedom United is interested in hearing from our community and welcomes relevant, informed comments, advice, and insights that advance the conversation around our campaigns and advocacy. We value inclusivity and respect within our community. To be approved, your comments should be civil.

stop icon A few things we do not tolerate: comments that promote discrimination, prejudice, racism, or xenophobia, as well as personal attacks or profanity. We screen submissions in order to create a space where the entire Freedom United community feels safe to express and exchange thoughtful opinions.

Most Voted
Newest Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
avra cohen
5 years ago

Is there a link to the study that doesn’t demand payment to read? I’d like to see the reference to the percentage of victims who are women and girls.

Angelo Fornaro
Angelo Fornaro
5 years ago

No oso immaginare cosa ci sia in questi ultimi, Nigeria Siria. Eppure bisogna fare qualcosa. E d’obbligo fare qualcosa. Io ,ho molta fiducia anche in voi.

This week

Four years on, has Australia's Modern Slavery Act been effective?

An independent review of Australia's Modern Slavery Act has concluded that the legislation is failing to have a significant impact on curbing modern slavery and urges the Australian government to implement recommendations to strengthen the law. The Australian government must act According to the latest Global Slavery Index released by international human rights organization Walk Free, an estimated 50 million people were in situations of modern slavery

| Wednesday May 31, 2023

Read more