Forced labor is like the popular description and knowledge of slavery which involved people being coerced or forced to work without pay. All other categories of slavery are a subset of forced labor and can include domestic servitude, child labor, bonded labor and forced sex. It can often involve violence to establish control.

Forced labor is the type of enslavement used across the world to produce many products in our global supply chains. Some industries like the fishing, textile, construction, mineral and agriculture industries are areas where forced labour could be rampant. It also could involve undocumented immigrants who are particularly vulnerable and unable to get proper employment and thus preyed upon by greedy, unscrupulous individuals.

Today, more than a 25% of the world’s slaves are children. These children are forced to commit commercial sex acts, forced into a system of domestic servitude or employed in occupations that are mentally, physically, socially and morally harmful.

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