According to the ILO (International Labor Organization),
it is estimated that 49.6 million people worldwide live in "modern day slavery"; more than any time in history
49.6 million people were living in modern slavery in 2021, of which 27.6 million were in forced labour and 22 million in forced marriage.
Of the 27.6 million people in forced labour, 17.3 million are exploited in the private sector; 6.3 million in forced commercial sexual exploitation, and 3.9 million in forced labour imposed by state.
Women and girls account for 4.9 million of those in forced commercial sexual exploitation, and for 6 million of those in forced labour in other economic sectors.
12% of all those in forced labour are children. More than half of these children are in commercial sexual exploitation.