Many of us slavery is a thing of the past. It isn't. A new report from the United Nations there are about 50 million people in modern-day slavery. This being trapped in forced labour or in forced marriages. The International Labour Organization (ILO) an agency of the UN. It the report. The ILO said around one in 150 people in the world is in some way. This figure has by 20 per cent in the past few years. It is still . This is because of the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, and the cost of living crisis. These things have many people poor or forced them into debt. The only way they can is to work in terrible conditions or be forced into unwanted marriages.
The UN to end modern slavery by 2030. However, since this aim in 2016, the number of people in forced labour or forced marriage up by 10 million. The ILO said modern slavery when people "cannot or cannot leave because of threats, violence, deception, abuse of power or other forms of [force]". The ILO said this problem in rich countries as well as poor nations. An ILO spokesperson said: "It would a mistake to believe that forced labour is solely the problem of poor countries." He that more than half of cases of forced labour and a quarter of forced marriages in "upper-middle-income or high-income countries". Women and children at the most risk.