Forced marriage is included for first time in worldwide statistics that show ‘money and debt’ to be at the heart of the exploitation
An estimated 40.3 million people were victims of modern slavery in 2016, a quarter of them children, according to new global slavery statistics released today.
The figures, from the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, show 24.9 million people across the world were trapped in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriage last year.
Children account for 10 million of the overall 40.3m total.
The 2017 Estimates of Modern Slavery report calculates that of 24.9…