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31 May 2016 18:45
(Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)
Nearly 46-million people around the world are living as slaves, forced to work in factories, mines and farms, sold for sex, trapped in debt bondage or born into servitude, according to the third Global Slavery Index released on Tuesday.
Read more: Nearly 250 000 slaves in South Africa, according to Global Slavery Index
The survey by Walk Free Foundation, the Australia-based human rights group, increased the estimated number of people in modern slavery from 35.8-million in 2014 to 45.8-million in 2016.
Here are some key figures from the index:
The countries that had taken the least action towards putting an end to slavery included the governments of North Korea, Iran, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Hong Kong, Central African Republic, Papua New Guinea, Guinea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan. – Thomson Reuters Foundation
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