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As you read this page, 5.5 million children around the world are losing their childhood to slavery. They are being beaten, abused and raped. They are forced to work in brothels, mines, brick kilns, fishing boats, and hotels. They work behind closed doors as domestic labourers. Many become soldiers, brides, and drug dealers.

Child slavery is at an all-time high. Every day, children as young as five are sold on the black market at prices lower than cattle. Once in the hands of their masters, they are forced to work for up to 20 hours per day. Girls are particularly at risk, as they are the most vulnerable to sexual exploitation, one of the most lucrative forms of slavery.




Did you know that 68% of child slaves are domestic servants? And did you know that 78 million of all child slaves live in the Asia-Pacific region? Find out more.



From the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar - smuggled into Thailand to be sold as slaves on fishing boats - to first-hand accounts of human trafficking survivors in Pakistan and Qatar, the journalists at Thomson Reuters Foundation report globally on slavery, making sure there’s always a spotlight on the crime.



Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi has rescued more than 80,000 children from slavery at brick kilns, quarries, factories, sweatshops and farms. In this video, he describes both the danger and the joy inherent in this work.


Have you ever thought that parts of the phones that you use, the shoes that you wear, and the tea that you drink, might have been produced by child slaves? The U.S. Federal government compiles an official list of products believed to be the result of forced labour. It’s extensive, and includes 134 items from 73 countries, from coconuts hand-picked in the Philippines to diamonds mined in Angola. If you add the evidence collected by anti-slavery NGOs around the world, the product range extends significantly to cosmetics, fish and many other categories. Almost nothing is untainted.

Sign the petition here

Endorsed by Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and the End Child Slavery Week campaign (ECSW), this petition is calling for the eradication of child slavery and all forms of child labour to be included in the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. The petition will be hand delivered to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

Sign the ECSW petition now!


Human trafficking is a lucrative business worth $150 billion per year, significantly more than the annual turnover of some of the world’s most profitable companies.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is at the forefront of the fight against human trafficking, running legal programs and supporting strategic initiatives to fight slavery worldwide.

Your donation will help the Thomson Reuters Foundation shed light on slavery and human trafficking through award winning investigative journalism, ad-hoc anti-slavery journalism training, financial and legal support to high-impact anti-slavery NGOs, and through Trust Women, the leading forum to find concrete solutions to eradicate human trafficking.

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Get Involved

These anti-slavery organizations are doing amazing things in the fight against human trafficking. Check them out.

  • Polaris
  • Free the Slaves
  • Not for Sale
  • Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation (Vietnam)
  • Liberty Asia
  • Bachpan Bachao Andolan
  • Visayan Forum
  • IJM
  • Eaves Poppy Project

Choose to see is a strategic initiative by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the corporate charity of the world’s leading provider of news and information. The organization is an independent legal charity registered both in the UK and in the US.