ADDIS ABABA, Africa needs practical and effective solutions to combat forced labour. including human trafficking and modern slavery, says the International Labour Organization (ILO) Regional Director for Africa, Aenes Chuma.
An estimated 3.7 million African men, women and children are still trapped in forced labor, and working under coercion, largely in the informal economy, he added here Thursday at the two-day consultation on Forced Child Labour in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The ILO estimates that globally there are 21 million men, women and children suffering as victims of forced labor and human trafficking for labour exploitation, in which its illicit profits worldwide amounts to 150 billion US dollars per year.
Figures indicated that sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest incidence of child labour with 59 million children aged five to 17 years in child labour.
The target can be achieved if there exists a well-informed understanding of what is, and will be, required to sustain and accelerate progress to end labour in all its forms to eliminate forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking.
Furthermore, he stressed that the work required an extraordinary level of mobilization of partnerships, which can harness energy, resources and strategic and political acumen to a maximum degree.
African countries, through collaboration between governments and employers, have already taken measures to eliminate forced and child labour, according to Chuma.
Ethiopian Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Abdulfatah Abdullahi said a collective approach and programmes of action were needed to fight the social scourge which constituted a serious threat to societies.
He noted that the Ethiopian government had paid attention to end child and forced labour by putting in policy and legal frameworks. He added that the effort also required widespread advocacy to better integrate with other intervention programmes.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK