What is Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Forced Labour
One in 200 people is living in some form of contemporary exploitation today. According to the latest figures published by the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation and the Walk Free Foundation, an estimated 40.3 million people are victims of modern slavery. More than half of them are in forced labour, which means they are working against their will and under threat, intimidation, or coercion.
It is estimated that 40% of the 40.3 million people in modern slavery live in the Commonwealth.
It is everywhere. It harms people in every country in the world.
Your role as parliamentarians
Parliamentarians, supported by parliamentary officials, are uniquely placed to inspire, empower, encourage, and lead the journey towards the eradication of modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour.
As legislators, they participate in debates and vote on legislation. They can strengthen laws to better respond to the needs of the citizens.
As representatives of the people, and in many countries as leaders in their constituency, every day is an opportunity to raise awareness, educate constituents on the issues and protect them from exploitation.
As members of committees, they have the power to exert oversight over governments’ actions and decisions.
Building their knowledge and skills on these issues is paramount. They are drivers of positive change in their own constituency and country.