Pilot Study to Estimate the Extent of Child Soldiering, Child Labour, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in South Sudan, DRC and Nigeria

The result of armed conflict crisis can lead to trafficking in persons and exploitation, including labour exploitation and trafficking of both adults and children, combined situations of labour and sexual exploitation and trafficking, forced labour and child labour including its worst forms.

Accurate and up to date information is key to taking effective action to prevent and address violations of fundamental principles and rights. However, at the global level, there continues to be a lack of good information on violations in the context of armed conflict.

This pilot study - funded by ILO, IOM, UNICEF and Walk Free Foundation (WFF) - aims at estimating the number of people exposed to human trafficking and modern slavery in armed conflicts contexts. The estimates will stem from a probabilistic sample of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) registered by IOM in each country.

The study will not only contribute to producing global estimates on child soldiers, but will also enhance global understanding on the impact of armed conflict on forced labour and other worst forms of child labour. The pilot will be conducted in three countries: Nigeria, South Sudan and DRC.

Key contact

Jean Pierre Tranchant is a Research Fellow with the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team

E: jp.tranchant@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Cathérine Müller, Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction research team

E: c.mueller@ids.ac.uk

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Project Dates:
June 2017 - March 2018
Project Status:
Total project value:
$ 29,703
International Labour Organisation (ILO)
Research Themes / Programmes:
Conflict, Violence and Security
Human Rights