Forced labour is "like a virus" the head of ILO says

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The Mo Chit bus station in Bangkok, Thailand, which is an active hub for human traffickers. Photo: UNICEF/Jim Holmes

Forced labour is "like a virus" because of its capacity to mutate, the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has said.

Guy Ryder was speaking at a UN panel discussion on partnerships to end forced labour in supply chains.

Human trafficking, debt bondage, and modern day slavery are all forms of forced labour.

21 million people around the world are trapped in this type of work and 80 per cent of them are in the private economy, according to ILO.

Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

Duration: 2’49″

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