Half of the World’s Slaves Live in India

Global Slavery Index 350H

I was quite surprised that half of the world’s slaves live in India, according to the Global Slavery Index.  An MSN article reporting on the index explains the definition of slavery “as the possession or control of people to deny freedom and exploit them for profit or sex, usually through violence, coercion or deception. The [index’s] definition includes indentured servitude, forced marriage and the abduction of children to serve in wars. According to the index, 10 countries alone account for three quarters of the world’s slaves.”

The MSN article summarizes the results on the Global Slavery Index recently released by WalkFree.org or you can go directly to Walk Free’s page which lists their findings. Here’s just a few:

  • 29.8 million people are enslaved.
  • Half of these slaves are in India.
  • Possibly as much as 20% of the population of Mauritania may be enslaved.

These countries are the top offenders:

  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • China
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Mauritania
  • Moldova
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • Thailand
  • The Gambia

The above image is a screen shot of the Global Slavery Index. Click through this interactive map to learn more about specific countries and what issues are involved. Each detailed article about a country includes these topics: “the problem”, “what is the government doing about it” and “what needs to happen.”


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