The UN reported how many people in the world live in modern slavery

The UN reported how many people in the world live in modern slavery

The international organization emphasized that slavery is not limited to poor countries far from the Western world.

The United Nations released a report stating that over the past five years, the number of people living in slavery circumstances has increased by 10 million. An estimated 50 million people are victims of modern slavery today.

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UN reveals how many people in the world live in modern slavery

This is reported by the BBC.

Representatives of the International Labor Organization have calculated that millions of people are trapped in forced marriages and labor. And this situation is simply shocking.

The organization's CEO, Guy Ryder, said that measures must be taken to stop this fundamental violation of rights, and employers' organizations and civil society play an important role in this process.

The UN says that modern slavery “thrives” not only in poor countries that are far from the Western world, since more than half of the forced labor falls on rich countries where the average or high level of income.

Forced marriage, like forced labor, is equated with modern-day enslavement, because in such circumstances people cannot leave because of fear, violence, abuse of power. And this can last for years.

The report says that more than 27 million people are forced to work and 3.3 million of them are children. Most of them are subjected to sexual exploitation. Another 22 million people are in forced marriage.

The situation is getting worse every year, the UN believes this is due to a complex mixture of “deep crises”, they increase poverty and increase the risk of enslavement. We are talking about the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to a drop in people's incomes, as well as armed conflicts and wars.