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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5 COMMENTS

  1. […] According to a new report, nearly 36 million people globally are living as slaves. That accounts for 0.5% of the world’s population. The anti-slavery campaign organization Walk Free says that India has the most slaves overall with more than 14 million people living as slaves in India. The survey defined slaves as individuals who are in debt bondage, sexually exploited for money, and subjected to forced labor and trafficking. Although India has the most slaves overall, the practice is widespread in Asia and Africa as well. Walk Free discovered modern day slavery in all of the 167 countries that they surveyed. Read more. […]

  2. […] According to a new report, nearly 36 million people globally are living as slaves. That accounts for 0.5% of the world’s population. The anti-slavery campaign organization Walk Free says that India has the most slaves overall with more than 14 million people living as slaves in India. The survey defined slaves as individuals who are in debt bondage, sexually exploited for money, and subjected to forced labor and trafficking. Although India has the most slaves overall, the practice is widespread in Asia and Africa as well. Walk Free discovered modern day slavery in all of the 167 countries that they surveyed. Read more. […]

  3. […] According to a new report, nearly 36 million people globally are living as slaves. That accounts for 0.5% of the world’s population. The anti-slavery campaign organization Walk Free says that India has the most slaves overall with more than 14 million people living as slaves in India. The survey defined slaves as individuals who are in debt bondage, sexually exploited for money, and subjected to forced labor and trafficking. Although India has the most slaves overall, the practice is widespread in Asia and Africa as well. Walk Free discovered modern day slavery in all of the 167 countries that they surveyed. Read more. […]

  4. […] According to a new report, nearly 36 million people globally are living as slaves. That accounts for 0.5% of the world’s population. The anti-slavery campaign organization Walk Free says that India has the most slaves overall with more than 14 million people living as slaves in India. The survey defined slaves as individuals who are in debt bondage, sexually exploited for money, and subjected to forced labor and trafficking. Although India has the most slaves overall, the practice is widespread in Asia and Africa as well. Walk Free discovered modern day slavery in all of the 167 countries that they surveyed. Read more. […]

  5. […] According to a new report, nearly 36 million people globally are living as slaves. That accounts for 0.5% of the world’s population. The anti-slavery campaign organization Walk Free says that India has the most slaves overall with more than 14 million people living as slaves in India. The survey defined slaves as individuals who are in debt bondage, sexually exploited for money, and subjected to forced labor and trafficking. Although India has the most slaves overall, the practice is widespread in Asia and Africa as well. Walk Free discovered modern day slavery in all of the 167 countries that they surveyed. Read more. […]

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