In the EU, an estimated 880.000 people are in situations of forced labour (ILO 2012).
Very cheap products likely mean unfair paychecks for workers. But expensive items do not guarantee good working conditions.
Worldwide, an estimated 21 million people are victims of forced labour (ILO 2012).
Forced labour is mainly found in agriculture, construction, manufacturing, domestic work and the entertainment sector (ILO 2014).
90% of forced labourers worldwide are exploited in the private economy, by individuals or enterprises (ILO 2012).
In 2013, 1823 trafficked persons were assisted by the member organisations of La Strada International (LSI 2014).
In 2013, member organisations of La Strada International assisted people trafficked to 41 different countries (LSI 2014).
Victims from the largest number of origin countries were detected in Western and Central Europe (UNODC 2012).
Trafficking in persons is a global crime affecting nearly all countries in every region of the world (UNODC 2012).
Labour exploitation in Europe is not a new development but until recently received little attention.