Nearly 46 million people around the world are living as slaves and India has the highest number, with 18.3 million people living in some form of modern slavery. The survey by Walk Free Foundation, the Australia-based human rights group, increased the estimated number of people in modern slavery to 45.8 million from 35.8 million in 2014.
Along side India, Asia is home to an estimated two-thirds of the total number of people living in modern slavery, and Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for about 15 percent of the world’s slaves.
China came second with an estimated 3.4 million slaves and Pakistan third with an estimated 2.1 million slaves. But that’s not all Rounding out the top 10 were Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, North Korea, Russia, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Indonesia. Let’s not forget about North Korea is the country with the highest estimated proportion of modern slavery with nearly one in every 20 North Koreans, or 4.37 percent of a 25 million population, living in slavery.
In terms of concentration, second was Uzbekistan with 3.97 percent of its population in slavery amid reports of forced labour in its cotton industry, then Cambodia with 1.6 percent, India with 1.4 percent and Qatar with 1.36 percent. Governments taking the most steps to combat modern slavery were the Netherlands, the United States, Britain, Sweden, Australia, Portugal, Croatia, Spain, Belgium and Norway. The least action was being taken by 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.
So why are our numbers getting higher and not lower? We as people are speaking out about Fair Trade and ethical fashion but what about all those other slaves that are working in the mines and farms, trapped in debt bondage or born into servitude? Should we not be speaking out for them? It seems our world is getting worse and not better and that I don’t understand. Our we as individuals too caught up in our own lives to care about other in third world countries? Can we just ignore whats going on and pretend those people don’t matter? I can’t just sit by and ignore what’s going on, and neither should you.