Forced labour a 'social evil,' says UN report

ILO report shows more than 12 million people are trapped in forced labour
||Last Updated: 08/03/2005

More than 12 million people around the world are trapped in forced labour, according to a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Juan Somavia, general director of the Geneva-based agency that is under the umbrella of the United Nations, called the problem a “social evil which has no place in the modern world” in the wake of the report that shows millions are exploited through forced labour in the private economy, rather than imposed directly by states.

Of these about 2.4 million are victims of human trafficking. It said employers are exploiting these trafficked women, children and men to the tune of $40.4 billion each year — an average of $16,833 from every single trafficked forced labourer.