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Forced labour and human trafficking

Nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labour across the world, trapped in jobs which they were coerced or deceived into and which they cannot leave, according to the ILO's global estimate.

Forced labour is the term used by the international community to denote situations in which the persons involved -- women and men, girls and boys -- are made to work against their free will, coerced by their recruiter or employer, for example through violence or threats of violence, or by more subtle means such as accumulated debt, retention of identity papers or threats of denunciation to immigration authorities. Such situations can also amount to human trafficking, bonded labour or slavery-like practices. Exacting forced labour is a crime, and should be punishable through penalties which reflect the gravity of the offence.

The ILO has worked since its inception to tackle forced labour and the conditions that give rise to it and has established a Special Action Programme on Forced Labour to intensify this effort.

Read more www.ilo.org/forcedlabour
Nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labour across the world, trapped in jobs which they were coerced or deceived into and which they cannot leave, according to the ILO's global estimate.

Forced labour is the term used by the inte...
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