8 million in

modern slavery

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90%+ in the

informal economy


Whether in agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, manufacturing, construction or service industries, more than 90% of people employed across India are working for the informal economy. Without any contract, or records formally maintained, “there is no accountability to hold employers responsible for any exploitation, making informal workers highly vulnerable to exploitative practices.” (GSI). This allows for a variety of forms of modern slavery to thrive, such as forced sexual exploitation, forced labor, and forced marriage.


Our partners



Jeevika Free

Since 1988, Jeevika Free has worked to eradicate bonded labor in Karnataka, India, by freeing, educating, and training slaves who work on rural farms.


MSEMVS has been focused on eradicating child labor since its inception in 1996. They build movements at the community levels in order to address the root causes of slavery.