Modern Slavery: Almost 36 Million People’s Reality

Source: 2014 Global Slavery Index

Source: 2014 Global Slavery Index

BBC News is reporting that nearly 36 million people worldwide, or 0.5% of the world’s population, live as slaves, a survey by anti-slavery campaign group Walk Free says. The author writes:

“The group’s Global Slavery Index says India has the most slaves overall and Mauritania has the highest percentage. The total is 20% higher than for 2013 because of better methodology.

The report defines slaves as people subject to forced labor, debt bondage, trafficking, sexual exploitation for money and forced or servile marriage.

It uses slavery in a modern sense of the term, rather than as a reference to the broadly outlawed traditional practice where people were held in bondage and treated as another person’s property.

The Global Slavery Index’s estimate is higher than other attempts to quantify modern slavery. In 2012, the International Labor Organization estimated that almost 21 million people were victims of forced labor.”

Walk Free found modern day slavery in all of the 167 countries surveyed. The practice is most prevalent in Asia and Africa and least prevalent in Europe. In the Americas, 1.285 million people live in modern day slavery in the Americas.

Read more at BBC News. Please see the actual survey here.

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