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UN agency says criminals reap $236B a year in profits from forced labor

Sex trade to slavery

BY JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press
Posted 3/22/24

Illegal profits from forced labor worldwide have risen to the "obscene" amount of $236 billion per year, the U.N. labor agency reported Tuesday, with sexual exploitation to blame for three-fourths of the take from a business that deprives migrants of money they can send home, swipes jobs from legal workers, and allows the criminals behind it to dodge taxes.

The International Labor Organization said the tally for 2021, the most recent year covered in the painstaking international study, marked an increase of 37 percent, or $64 billion, compared with its last estimate published a decade ago. That's a result of both more people being exploited and more cash generated from each victim, ILO said.

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