Elimination of Forced Labor, Human Trafficking and Slavery

Nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labor, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation— more than at any other time in history. The US alone, has an estimated 57,700 people trapped in modern slavery.  The problem is daunting, but the United States is committed to its eradication.

The ILO is a key US partner for achieving international rule of law to combat modern slavery and human trafficking. With support from the US government, the ILO has made continuous progress toward improving living and working conditions and adherence to international labor standards in countries around the world.

Funding from US Federal Agencies has enabled the ILO to develop further research aimed at understanding the extent of forced labor and human trafficking, implement evidence-based projects, and training to improve enforcement and ensure compliance with laws and regulations at the national level. Efforts have also included practical products including handbooks, training tools and surveys.


  1. Sea Fisheries Project

    The project aims to reduce trafficking in fisheries, by strengthening coordination and increasing the efficiency and efficacy of the efforts already underway at the national and regional levels.


  1. Recruitment practices and seasonal employment in agriculture in Uzbekistan 2014-15

    July 4, 2017

    This ILO survey Report paints a qualitative and quantitative picture of the recruitment experience of adults picking cotton in Uzbekistan.