Number of Slaves on the Planet: 30M
Victims in 162 countries; half are in India
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 16, 2013 10:42 PM CDT
Updated Oct 17, 2013 5:42 AM CDT
People are enslaved in all of 162 countries surveyed, the report finds.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Slavery continues to afflict almost 30 million people across the planet—in every one of 162 countries surveyed in a new report. India is home to 13.9 million slaves, by far the largest number; relative to population, however, Mauritania has the highest rate, with 4% of the population enslaved (though other groups have placed the figure as high as 20%). The new data comes from Australian activist organization Walk Free; its Global Slavery Index includes cases of human trafficking, forced labor and marriage, debt bondage, and other forms of exploitative control, Reuters notes.

Three-quarters of slaves are in just 10 countries, led by China, with 2.9 million; Pakistan, with 2.1 million; Nigeria; Ethiopia; and Russia. By percentage, Mauritania—where a "chattel" system sees masters with "total ownership over (slaves) and their descendants"—is followed by Haiti, Pakistan, India, and Nepal. Iceland, meanwhile, has both the lowest number and the lowest proportion of slaves. The US has some 59,000 people experiencing such exploitation, al-Jazeera America reports. Numbers of enslaved people in wealthy countries is often "six to 10 times higher" than leaders believe, weakening anti-slavery efforts, says an expert.

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Oct 18, 2013 5:34 AM CDT
How about the slaves to the US Government? With the ACA, millions more will be added. 1. Eliminate or at least severely restrict such programs as Head Start, ADC, Bridge Cards, and Section 8 assistance and the next generation would have to work to live. When you don't have to work to eat, the average human won't. Stop those programs and you'd probably have the unavoidable revolution that will surely happen sooner than later. When there is no more money to pay public sector and union pension and health care benefits, those privileged sectors will start demonstrating in the streets, a la Greece. 2. Data shows that of those that once start receiving ADC, only a minority of them get off the public rolls before their bastard progeny are too old to qualify for that government largesse anymore. What they do, is continue to beget more illegitimate babies so the checks continue to come in. China has a harsh solution, but it works. 3. Further, the money doesn't come from the non-productive public sector called "government." It's money redistributed from those working in the productive private sector. The vast majority of "workers" in the public sector are totally non-productive. They produce nothing of real value. They even poorly function at the "services" that they are supposed to provide. A "worker" at the USPS, NOAA or Department of Transportation doesn't have to compete against a private sector company for their job or to provide their services. In fact, those that can't "cut it" in the private sector often migrate into a "government job." A great poster child example is the recent roll out of the ACA online web sites. The incompetence in the government managers, supervisors and HTML programmers of the ACA has become obvious. It shows what government programmers could not compete with private sector programmers at Yahoo and Google, for example. I'd love to see how many of those involved have private sector experience on their resumes and then they migrated to a government "position" where they didn't have as much pressure to produce. Completely eliminate the EPA, NOAA, NEA, etc. and you may be able to balance the budget as all of those suckling on the public nipples would have to do something productive in the private sector. I wouldn't care if a "scientist" that worked at NOAA had to sell pencils to buy food! 4. It would save a ton of money if the IRS was eliminated. Yes, the IRS could be eliminated. A flat retail tax of a few percent would balance the budget in only a few years! But alas, it would never happen with our two "ruling parties" in control as the slave plebeians currently appear to want more of the same, a la the last presidential election. Wonder how many of those boomers, x-geners, y-geners and senior citizens rue the day they voted the way they did. Well, if enough wake up there are elections in 2014 and 2016 to make amends. Peace, WLeoB Canton, MI
Oct 17, 2013 7:43 PM CDT
i'll take Sunny Leone, please. i don't care how much she costs... ?
Oct 17, 2013 7:20 PM CDT
Number of Slaves on the Planet: 30M Are the PEOPLE that WORK AT WALLMART and BURGER KING and McDonald included in that number