According to the latest figures from the European parliament’s [Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering Committee(CRIM), approximately 880,000 people in the European Union are living in slavery.

They notably include “children that are forced to beg, men who are forced to work for pitifully low wages, and women who are forced to work as prostitutes,” explains De Morgen. The daily adds that CRIM has called on member states to apply the EU’s directive on human trafficking, and demanded that the European Commission implement its strategy for the eradication of trafficking in human beings.

CRIM’s findings are to be evaluated by MEPs at a plenary session of the European parliament on October 23.