A report found that 50 million people worldwide are victims of forced unpaid labor.
It is estimated that 50 million people worldwide are living in modern-day slavery in 2021.
Walk Free, a report by the International Rights Group, suggests that number has increased by 10 million in five years.
The causes are complex, but extreme weather, migration and armed conflicts expose entire communities to exploitation.
Low-income countries are at the center of this issue. But the findings show consumerism and demands from rich countries are contributing to the problem.
So what is being done to stop it?
Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom
Sophie Otiende – CEO of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery and survivor of human trafficking
Phil Robertson – deputy director of the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch
Grace Forrest – founding director of Walk Free, an international human rights group focused on ending modern slavery and publisher of the Global Slavery Index.