Thirty million people are slaves, half in India: Survey

Thirty million people are slaves, half in India: Survey
17 October, 2013 Reparation Law News

The Global Slavery Index lists India as the country with by far the most slaves, with an estimated nearly 14 million – almost half of the total number worldwide. China follows, with an estimated 2.9 million enslaved, and Pakistan comes in third with an estimate of over 2 million in modern slavery.

The top 10 countries on its list of shame accounted for more than three quarters of the 29.8 million people living in slavery, with Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh completing the list.

The index was published by the Australia-based Walk Free Foundation, in consultation with an international panel of experts and has been endorsed by former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former British prime ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Julia Gillard, and philanthropists Bill Gates, Sir Richard Branson and Mo Ibrahim.

What is the Government of India doing about it?

Criminal justice responses are clearly at the heart of any response to modern slavery. However, other key considerations include government coordination, budget allocation and accountability, victim support services, and responses to clearly identified, vulnerable sectors (whether migrant workers or workers in the informal economy) …

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What is the Government of India doing about it?

Photograph: Labourers carry bricks to be baked in a kiln at a brickyard on the outskirts of Karad in Satara district, about 396km (246 miles) south of Mumbai February 13, 2012. Credit: REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

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