Statistics on forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking

2017 Global Estimates of Modern Slavery and Child Labour

In 2017, the ILO and partners will be releasing global estimates of modern slavery and child labour which will be launched during the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. The global estimates will provide global and regional figures from which progress of global efforts to achieve SDG Target 8.7 can be measured.

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Global estimates on forced labour

Profit estimates of forced labour

ICLS and forced labour

  1. The 19th ICLS (International Conference of Labour Statisticians) in 2013, adopted the Resolution II concerning further work on statistics of forced labour recommending that the Office set up a working group with the aim of sharing best practices on forced labour surveys in order to encourage further such surveys in more countries. The working group should engage ILO constituents and other experts in discussing and developing international guidelines to harmonize concepts, elaborate statistical definitions, standard lists of criteria and survey tools on forced labour, and to inform the 20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians on the progress made.

    Based on this decision, the ILO has initiated the "ILO Data Initiative on Modern Slavery", a global research programme to take stock of national and international initiatives measuring forced labour, human trafficking and slavery, to discuss strengths and limitations of existing methodologies and build a consensus on concepts, statistical definitions and standard list of criteria, survey tools and estimation methodologies which could be used to develop surveys in the future.