News on forced labour
Modern slavery is unseen because its convenient
20 September 2022
Sophie Otiende, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, and Grace Forrest, Founding Director of Walk Free, join the ILO's Future of Work podcast to explore the many reasons for the continued existence of modern slavery and the role we can all play in finally putting an end to it.
ILO launches the 2022 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration
20 September 2022
Journalists are invited to submit articles showing exemplary media coverage on labour migration and fair recruitment.
How to fight the rise of modern slavery
This episode of the ILO's monthly live show discusses latest estimates on modern slavery, the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions, to be presented at the UN General Assembly and the implications of the climate emergency for the world of work.
50 million people worldwide in modern slavery
12 September 2022
Latest estimates show that forced labour and forced marriage have increased significantly in the last five years, according to the International Labour Organization, Walk Free and the International Organization for Migration.
One in every 150 people are trapped in modern slavery
12 September 2022
Almost 50 million people were living in modern slavery in 2021, either forced to work against their will or in a marriage that they were forced into, according to Global Estimates of Modern Slavery, a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO), Walk Free and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
ILO, Walk Free and IOM to release latest Global Estimates of Modern Slavery
06 September 2022
Commission of Inquiry for Myanmar holds its first session
02 September 2022
The high-level investigation will address the matters raised by the ILO Governing Body regarding the situation of freedom of association and forced labour in the country.
Wagner Moura: How to advocate for social change and end slavery
23 August 2022
Social injustice is at the heart of Wagner Moura’s commitment and activism to put an end to forced labour and child labour. Listen to the award-winning actor and ILO Goodwill Ambassador in the ILO’s latest Future of Work podcast.
Meet the Project Manager: MAP16 project to reduce child labour and forced labour in Serbia
18 August 2022
Milica Djordjevic, ILO National Project Coordinator of the MAP16 project, funded by the US Department of Labor, explains what she does to reduce child labour and forced labour in Serbia. Child labour means that children are too young for their work or it is harmful for them. The ILO has been supporting governments for decades to address their child labour concerns, always tailoring interventions to local needs. In 2017, the ILO and its partners came out with a strategy which defines country priorities. In addition, the ILO conducted a national survey in 2021 which shows that 9.5% of children in Serbia are in child labour, mainly in agriculture. The ILO trained about 400 professionals (social workers, police, prosecutors and labour inspectors) to identify child labour situations. Checklists, tools and standards are at their disposal to tackle cases. The decree on hazardous child labour was adopted so that children in child labour or forced labour can receive immediate assistance.
China ratifies the two ILO Fundamental Conventions on forced labour
12 August 2022
In a ceremony at the ILO, China presented the ratification documents for two additional ILO Fundamental Conventions, covering forced labour; the Conventions will enter into force one year after the signing.