The most notorious for forced labor is the chocolate industry.
70% of the world’s output of cocoa is from West Africa according to the Biscuit, Chocolate, Cake and Confectionery Association.
But individual household members in West Africa are only earning $30 to $108 each year.
And it’s obvious that this $13 billion dollar a year industry is being built through modern day slavery.
The ILO says over twelve million people around the world are being forced to work against their will.
And unfortunately this is still an underestimate.
Without cameras pointing in the right direction,
the third largest illegal crime is bound to continue growing.
So far international mafias have found no major obstacles in the way of their so called “safe business.”
People from countries in conflict are most at risk of having someone withhold their legal documents and papers.
And are more likely to be forced into the abuse of being forced to work against their will in the US or Canada.
But thousands of non-migrant men, women and children from some of the wealthiest countries in the world are trafficked each year as well.
And slavery is very much an international problem, and in today’s world as many people are searching for work in a recession.
Not every employment office is 100% safe.
(Audio Interview about forced labor coming soon!)