[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Graph showing the ILO's minimum estimates of victims of forced labour in different regions
Because of the illegal nature of forced labour, there are no reliable national estimates of the scale of the problem. Some researchers have suggested that there are 27 million forced labourers worldwide, but the ILO estimates that the figure is closer to 12.3 million. This means that there are at least two victims of forced labour per 1,000 people. Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa have the highest incidence of forced labour in relation to their population.


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific