Taking a stand against modern slavery

21 million men, women and children today are in forced labour: trafficked, held in debt bondage or working in slavery-like conditions. They are victims of a multi-billion dollar business which deceives, coerces and traffics human beings for profit.

Modern slavery takes place in every industry, including in the informal economy. Many victims, in particular women and girls, are subjected to sexual exploitation. However, forced labour is also prevalent in sectors such as agriculture, fishing, domestic work, construction, manufacturing and mining.

Artists have partnered with the ILO to share the realities of modern slavery and ensure that the right of women and men everywhere to work in freedom and dignity is respected.


  1. Brazilian actor Wagner Moura appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for the 50 for Freedom campaign

    Award-winning actor Wagner Moura joined the ILO’s 50 for Freedom campaign, which aims to persuade governments around the world to adopt legislation to tackle and help end modern slavery for good.

    As a Goodwill Ambassador, Moura will be lending his voice to the millions of victims of modern-day slavery who cannot speak for themselves.

    You can join the campaign too. 

Photo exhibition

  1. Photojournalist Ismail Ferdous sheds light on workers in the shadows

    Award-winning Bangladeshi photojournalist, Ismail Ferdous, exposed the plight of vulnerable workers in an exhibition of his photos at ILO headquarters in Geneva. The exhibition, "So we exist", tells the stories of people in unreachable communities around the world. 

For the record

  1. Artists join ArtWorks to End Slavery Now

    The 50 for Freedom campaign builds on the past successes of the End Slavery Now campaign, which ran from 2012 and 2014. Prominent artists, athletes and activists, including Jada Pinkett Smith, Cher and Colin Farell joined the cause.