The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV)of 2 December 1949).
The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.
Facts and figures:
An estimated40.3 million peopleare in modern slavery, including24.9 in forced labourand15.4 million in forced marriage.
There are 5.4 victims of modern slavery for every 1,000 people in the world.
1 in 4 victimsof modern slavery arechildren.
Out of the 24.9 million people trapped in forced labour,16 million peopleare exploited in theprivate sectorsuch as domestic work, construction or agriculture;4.8 millionpeople in forcedsexual exploitation, and4 million peoplein forced labour imposed bystate authorities.
Women and girlsare disproportionately affected by forced labour, accounting for99% of victimsin the commercialsex industry, and 58% in other sectors.
ILO has adopted a new legally binding Protocol designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate forced labour, which is set to enter into force in November 2016.