8 million in

modern slavery

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more than 90% of the population works

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. Read more.

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 1996. They build movements at the community levels to fight the root causes of slavery.