21 Million People Are Trapped In Forced Labor – ILO Reveals

The International Labour Organisation, ILO has revealed that about 21 million women, men and children are forced to work under inhuman conditions on farms, in sweatshops, on board fishing vessels, in the sex industry or in private homes.

Director General, ILO,  Ryder, who revealed this stated that with the rigorous job conditions, the laborers generate $150 billion in illegal profits annually.

The ILO Boss, who revealed this statistics in a statement marking 2015 World Day of Social Justice, stressed that there should be no excuse, that forced labour can be stopped.

Ryder said: “World Day of Social Justice should galvanize action against poverty and social exclusion. Work done in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity, decent work is a key to inclusion and it is a conduit of social justice.”

“Yet the global situation gives cause for grave concern. The economic gap continues to widen, with the richest 10 per cent earning 30 to 40 per cent of total income while the poorest 10 per cent earn between two and seven per cent.”

“In 2013, 939 million workers, 26.7 per cent of total employment, were still coping on $2 a day or less. Millions of young people facing a future of unemployment or working poverty are losing hope in promises of economic and social progress,” he said.

Ryder lamented that women and children are particularly at risk of being abducted and sold into slavery in times of violent conflict, noting that in some instances, forced labour pins down families and communities in abject poverty for generations.


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