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New study says 30 million people held in modern day slavery


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New study says 30 million people held in modern day slavery

A new index puts the number of people being held in slavery worldwide at 30 million.

Anti-slavery charity, the Walk Free Foundation, ranked 162 countries on their number of slaves, the risk of enslavement, and government response to the problem.

Bill and Hilary Clinton are keen supporters of the charity and its campaign to end slavery.

Former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said: “This Index will help us find answers. It also reminds us that trafficking in persons is a crime that affects every country in the world, that all governments have a responsibility to deal with this problem and that no government anywhere is doing enough.”

The Founder of Walk Free Foundation Andrew Forrest said: “The exploitation of I think the very weakest, darkest side of the human mind that is willing to totally abuse for exploitation of greed, profit, sex, whatever it is, another human being. And in our population as we sit in the modern day world there has never been the number of slaves probably even collectively as there are in the world today.”

The countries that came out worst were Mauritania, which has the highest proportion of slaves at 4 percent, most of which are born into slavery, and India, which is home to around half the world’s slaves.

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