There are 25 million workplace slaves worldwide — there’s no end in sight

A child working in an aluminium pot generating factory, reportedly under coercion, on May 23, 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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A child working in an aluminium pot generating factory, reportedly under coercion, on May 23, 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

International agencies know there are tens of millions trapped in forced labor, as well as they know many supply chains profit, nevertheless that will’s not enough to even begin to remedy the problem of global slavery.

Still, some are hoping that will a fresh publication could galvanize international effort to tackle modern slavery head-on. The report, jointly published last month by United Nations labor agency the International Labor Organization as well as human rights group the Walk Free Foundation, found that will 25 million are trapped in workplace slavery around the globe.

By quantifying slavery, the survey completes an essential first step that will could compel governments to act, according to Andrew Forrest, chairman of Australia’s Fortescue metals as well as founder of the Walk Free Foundation.

“We can today measure slavery … If you can measure the idea, remember the idea’s a human construct, we can today dismantle the idea,” Forrest told CNBC.

“If you have to acknowledge the idea exists as well as you don’t do anything about the idea, then you become like a willful collaborator,” he said.

from the wake of the report, Forrest said, governments as well as business leaders are “today waking up to the fact that will measurement today exists for modern slavery.”

While both the ILO as well as the Walk Free Foundation had separately published modern slavery estimates previously, the September report represents the first partnership by the two big players from the field.