[Featured Resource] Global Estimates of Modern Slavery - Forced Labour and Forced Marriage

This is the 8th week of our 10 Weeks of Action and we are highlighting forced labor and modern day slavery. In order to highlight this endemic issue, we are profiling Global Estimates of Modern Slavery: Forced Labour and Forced Marriage, a report published late last year by the International Labour Organization and the Walk Free Foundation

The report provides a global overview of the rampant nature of the problem, including analysis of the many cross-cutting Sustainable Development Goals involved with an estimated 40+ million victims of forced labor and forced marriage in 2016 alone.

More about the Global Estimates of Modern Slavery: Forced Labour and Forced Marriage :

An estimated 40.3 million people were victims of modern slavery in 2016. In other words, on any given day in 2016, there were likely to be more than 40 million men, women, and children who were being forced to work against their will under threat or who were living in a forced marriage that they had not agreed to.

The 2017 Global Estimates of Modern Slavery are presented as 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 inform policy making and implementation of target 8.7 and related SDG Targets. These include eliminating all forms of violence against all women and girls in public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation (SDG 5.2), eliminating all harmful practices, such as child, early, and forced marriage and female genital mutilations (SDG 5.3), ending abuse, exploitation, and trafficking of children (SDG 16.2), and facilitating orderly, safe, and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies (SDG 10.7).

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Modern day slavery, force labor and marriage still soar despite all instruments at the national, regional and international level to abolish the ugly trend. The reason been that of the conspicuous inequality between the rich and the poor.