Although the international community has generally acknowledged that business globalization reduced poverty in many regions, there is another scourge that is still thriving across sprawling corporate supply chains. Despite increased global attention, resources and regulations, 10 million more people were living in slavery conditions in 2021 compared to 2016, according to International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates. Of the 50 million people worldwide living in slavery — owned by another human being — in 2021, 28 million are trapped in forced labor.
Moreover, it often surprises many that forced labor is highly present in developed countries: More than 52% of all forced labor can be found in upper-middle-income or high-income countries.
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