Global Slavery Index

Walk Free Foundation
A map of the estimated prevalence of modern slavery, together with information about the steps each government has taken to respond to this issue.

This information allows an objective comparison and assessment of both the problem and adequacy of the response in 167 countries.

In 2017 research, developed jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), showed more than 40 million people around the world were victims of modern slavery in 2016. The ILO have also released a companion estimate of child labour, which confirms that about 152 million children, aged between 5 and 17, were subject to child labour.  The new estimates also show that women and girls are disproportionately affected by modern slavery, accounting almost 29 million, or 71% of the overall total. Women represent 99% of the victims of forced labour in the commercial sex industry and 84% of forced marriages.  The research reveals that among the 40 million victims of modern slavery, about 25 million were in forced labour, and 15 million were in forced marriage.

In July 2018 the Global Slavery Index 2018 was published alongside a specific focus on fishing. This shows ratings on 20 countries and their fishing industry.

Significance for seafood businesses: 

This is one of the main reports that are published on an annual basis which monitor human rights abuses. This will help buyers assess their supply chain and make an informed judgement on the risks they face when sourcing seafood.

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