The number of people living in modern slavery has risen sharply in the last five years, according to a new report. North Korea and Eritrea have the highest rates in the world.
It is estimated some 50 million people are living in modern slavery; 10 million more in the last five years. This includes millions in forced labour and forced marriage; with women and children being especially vulnerable. Annette Young talks to Grace Forrest, the founding director of Walk Free, an international human rights group focused on the elimination of modern slavery. Also we meet the women in Venezuela who have taken their futures literally into their own hands and are building their own family homes as the country confronts a housing crisis.
23 Jul 2022
Myanmar's COVID-19 border closure and the recent coup have driven workers to desperation. This investigation into Thailand's fishery industry was made possible by the Pulitzer Center and Democratic Voice of Burma.
5 Dec 2021
For years, Vietnamese children and teenagers have been disappearing in Germany. Those responsible are unscrupulous human traffickers whose networks span continents. The young Vietnamese are smuggled into Germany via Russia and Eastern Europe. Many end up in the world of crime, working as slaves for the Vietnamese mafia. This film tells their story. One high-ranking investigator describes the phenomenon as "modern slavery". This is how many children and young people are brought from Vietnam to Germany: They are crammed into vans, loaded into refrigerated trucks, on the road for months, held along the way in abandoned warehouses or apartments. They are beaten, raped, exploited, they fear for their lives. They are lured by the prospect of a better life, as promised to their families by the criminals.