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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Slavery Persists in the 21st Century

The Walk Free Foundation based in Perth, Australia, has just published a report on slavery in the world today. These are not good numbers, as pointed out by the author in an interview on NPR today.
The Walk Free Foundation's ranking incorporates factors that include the traditional definition of slavery — owning another person — as well as things such as child marriage and human trafficking.
Here are the highlights of the report:
— India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh together account for more than three-quarters of the total estimate.
— The West African nation of Mauritania tops the list. It has the highest estimated proportion of enslaved people in the world. The report says there are between 140,000 and 160,000 people enslaved in Mauritania. That's out of a population of just 3.8 million.
— India has the most slaves (between 13.3 million and 14.7 million people), followed by China (2.8 million to 3.1 million) and Pakistan (2 million to 2.2 million).
A particular problem, and one which seems to be growing, is the exploitation of migrants looking for work. It is always amazing to me what some humans are willing to do to other humans.

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