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30 million people world-wide living as slaves

From BBC
A glance of section of India's population
A glance of section of India's population

Oct.23/2013- A new Index, ranking 162 countries world-wide, has revealed that nearly 30 million people around the world are living as slaves.

The Global Slavery Index 2013 named India as the country having 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 index was compiled by Australian-based rights organization, Walk Free Foundation (WFF), using a definition of modern slavery that includes debt bondage, forced marriage and human trafficking.

WFF Chief Executive, Nick Grono, told the French News Agency, Agence France-Press, that a lot of governments won’t like hearing what we have to say, but hopes it will help governments tackle “hidden crimes.”

Grono said: “We will be opened to governments to engaging and looking at ways in which the issue of modern slavery can be better measured.”

The organization’s estimate of 29.8 million slaves world-wide is higher than other attempts to qualify modern slavery.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that almost 21 million people are victims of forced labor. The Index also shows that India, China, Pakistan and Nigeria have the highest numbers of peoples enslaved,

and together with five other countries, they account for three quarters of the total estimated number of people in modern slavery world-wide.

The report added: “India’s ranking was mostly due to the exploitation of Indian citizens within the country itself, while in Mauritania, many people are inheriting slave status from their ancestors.”

The new survey has the backing of world figures, including former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Ex-British Prime Minister, Tony  Blair. 


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