An estimated 25 million people are in forced labour globally.
Out of this number, 16 million are exploited in the private sector, 4.8 million are in forced sexual exploitation and 4 million in forced labour imposed by state authorities. Women and girls are disproportionately
affected by forced labour.
Combatting forced labour is a priority for the EU. In line with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the EU is committed to eliminating all violations of fundamental principles and rights at work, including forced labour, promoting the protection of victims of business-related
abuses, as well as ratification and effective implementation of ILO fundamental conventions.
In accordance with the EU Treaties, the EU promotes respect for human rights, including labour rights, in the world. This includes also a long standing commitment of the EU to “decent work”.