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Forced labour: Over 20.9 million are victims - ILO

Forced labour: Over 20.9 million are victims - ILO

The International Labour Organisa­tion (ILO), had said that over 20.9 million people world over are victims of forced labour.
The ILO also emphasised that as human beings, it is the role of everyone to fight modern slavery. Saying unless we all come together and unite against it, that we going to face an uphill battle.
Explaining ILO in a statement presented to the United Nations Security Council; on Modern Slavery, said the 20.9 million peo­ple represents about the in every 1,000 of today's world population. While it hinted that sexual exploitation accounts for 22 per cent of all victims, whereas forced labour exploitation makes up 68 per cent of the total.
Delivering the statement, Director Gen­eral of ILO Guy Ryder, said, "This is a huge business, in factin 2014 estimates indicated that it generates annual profits of over US$ 150 billion. Where US$ 99 billion came from commercial sexual exploitation, while another US$ 51 billion resulted from forced economic exploitation, including domestic work, agriculture and other eco­nomic activities."
He went on explained, "In June 2014, ILO adopted a legally binding Protocol (to the Forced Labour Convention of 1930 (No.29)) designed to tackle modern forms of forced labour and strengthen global ef­forts for their elimination. The Protocol strengthens the international legal frame­work by creating new obligations to pre­vent forced labour, to protect victims and to provide acceess to remedy, such as com­pensation for lateral and physical harm.
"It requires governments to take mea­sures to better protect workers, in particu­lar migrant labourers, from fraudulent and abusive recruitment practices and empha­sises the role of employers and workers in the fight against forces labour.
"It is very clear that everyone has a role to play in fighting modern slavery. This is why the ILO with many partners has facilitated the creation of Alliance 8.7. Alliance 8.7 is a coalition committee to accelerating and intensifying actions to tackle the problems of forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and cold labour and achieve Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7.

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