New global index exposes ‘modern slavery’ worldwide

Posted: October 17, 2013 in Uncategorized
English: Bareina, a small desert village in th...

English: Bareina, a small desert village in the south of Mauritania, West Africa. A view of the sky just minutes before rain started. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nearly 30 million people around the world are living as slaves, according to a new index ranking 162 countries.

The Global Slavery Index 2013 says India has the highest number of people living in conditions of slavery at 14 million.

But Mauritania has the highest proportional figure with about 4% of its population enslaved.

The report’s authors hope it will help governments tackle what they call a “hidden crime”.

The organisation’s estimate of 29.8 million slaves worldwide is higher than other attempts to quantify modern slavery. The International Labour Organisation estimates that almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour.

India, China, Pakistan and Nigeria have the highest numbers of people enslaved, the charity said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-24560937

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