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Slavery was one of the most abhorrent and disgusting man-made tragedy. It not only wrecked the lives of the people who had the misfortune to fall in its trap, but also that of the affected person’s family members. Slavery was once widely practiced; however, in the modern age all of the recognized countries have outlawed it.

However, if you are harboring the illusion that slavery is long dead and gone from the face of the earth, it is time for reflection. Slavery is very much rampant in the modern world, though it is no longer recognized. An estimated 45.8 million people are still in modern slavery around the world. Human trafficking, debt bondage, child soldiers, forced marriages, and domestic servants kept in captivity are just a few forms of the modern slavery.

According to a data by the Global Slavery Index 2016, India had the most people in modern slavery. Here the figure stood at 18,354,700. China, the most populous country in the world, had the second largest number of people in modern slavery. According to the data, in China, the number of people in modern slavery was estimated to be 3,388,400. In Pakistan, the number of people in modern slavery stood at 2,134,900.

Nations such as Russia, North Korea, Uzbekistan, and Bangladesh had more than 1,000,000 people in modern slavery. Meanwhile, countries like Nigeria, Indonesia, Egypt, Myanmar, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Cambodia, South Africa and many others witnessed between 100,000 and 1,000,000 people in modern slavery.

Conflict-ridden nations such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, and Libya witnessed 403,800, 367,600, 303,200, 257,300 and 70,900 people in modern slavery, respectively.

Unfortunately, even in the most developed and advanced countries around the world, there were quite a few people in modern slavery. For example, in the United States, the figure stood at 57,700. Though other countries such as Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia reported much lesser figures of 14,500, 12,000, 11,700, 6,500, and 4,300 respectively.

Meanwhile, the lowest ranked country was Luxembourg, where the number stood at 100.

The data provides information on the number of people in modern slavery around the world.

Country Number of People in Modern Slavery
India 18,354,700
China 3,388,400
Pakistan 2,134,900
Bangladesh 1,531,300
Uzbekistan 1,236,600
North Korea 1,100,000
Russia 1,048,500
Nigeria 875,500
Democratic Republic of the Congo 873,100
Indonesia 736,100
Egypt 572,900
Myanmar 515,100
Iran 495,300
Turkey 480,300
Sudan 454,700
Thailand 425,500
Ethiopia 411,600
Iraq 403,800
Philippines 401,000
Mexico 376,800
Afghanistan 367,600
Tanzania 341,400
Colombia 308,200
Yemen 303,200
Japan 290,200
Syria 257,300
Cambodia 256,800
South Africa 248,700
Algeria 248,300
Uganda 244,400
Nepal 234,600
Morocco 219,700
Ukraine 210,400
South Korea 204,900
Peru 200,500
Venezuela 198,800
Kenya 188,800
Poland 181,100
Argentina 175,500
Madagascar 163,400
Brazil 161,100
Angola 159,700
Cameroon 146,100
Mozambique 145,600
Ivory Coast 144,900
South Sudan 139,400
Vietnam 139,300
Guatemala 138,100
Italy 129,600
Malaysia 128,800
Niger 127,000
Somalia 121,900
Malawi 116,100
Burkina Faso 115,600
Mali 110,200
Zambia 109,300
Haiti 106,600
Dominican Republic 104,800
Ghana 103,300
Zimbabwe 99,600
Saudi Arabia 92,100
Chad 89,600
Tunisia 85,000
Kazakhstan 81,600
Guinea 80,500
Romania 80,200
Senegal 78,700
Rwanda 74,100
Burundi 71,400
Libya 70,900
Ecuador 65,300
United States 57,700
Central African Republic 55,400
Tajikistan 54,100
Taiwan 53,600
Papua New Guinea 47,200
Bolivia 46,900
Togo 46,600
Sri Lanka 45,900
Azerbaijan 45,000
Belarus 44,600
Greece 44,200
Sierra Leone 43,500
Mauritania 43,000
Jordan 42,900
Czech Republic 42,600
Cuba 37,800
United Arab Emirates 37,000
Eritrea 35,300
Benin 32,100
Qatar 30,300
Republic of the Congo 29,500
Hong Kong, SAR China 29,500
Bulgaria 29,000
Liberia 28,700
Lebanon 28,700
Serbia 28,700
Chile 27,700
Kyrgyzstan 27,700
Israel 11,600
Paraguay 26,800
Nicaragua 24,600
Honduras 23,800
Hungary 22,500
Georgia 20,900
Laos 20,000
Costa Rica 19,400
Kuwait 18,200
El Salvador 18,100
Bosnia and Herzegovina 17,800
Netherlands 17,500
Gambia 17,500
Croatia 17,100
Namibia 16,600
Panama 15,900
Turkmenistan 15,800
Germany 14,500
Lesotho 14,400
Armenia 14,100
Macedonia 13,300
Oman 13,200
Portugal 12,800
Slovakia 12,400
France 12,000
Lithuania 11,800
Botswana 11,800
United Kingdom 11,700
Guinea-Bissau 11,400
Moldova 10,400
Singapore 9,200
Mongolia 8,700
Swaziland 8,700
Albania 8,600
Spain 8,400
Latvia 8,000
Uruguay 7,800
Finland 6,700
Canada 6,500
Bahrain 6,400
Trinidad and Tobago 6,200
Jamaica 5,800
Kosovo 5,400
Estonia 5,300
Gabon 5,100
Guyana 4,800
Slovenia 4,700
Cyprus 4,700
Djibouti 4,600
Australia 4,300
Timor-Leste 3,500
Brunei 3,400
Montenegro 2,500
Equatorial Guinea 2,500
Suriname 2,500
Cape Verde 2,400
Mauritius 2,100
Belgium 2,000
Sweden 1,800
Austria 1,500
Switzerland 1,500
Denmark 1,000
Norway 900
Ireland 800
New Zealand 800
Barbados 600
Iceland 400
Luxembourg 100

(Data sourced from Global Slavery Index)

 

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