ByÂ Sanjit Oberai:
According to data released by the Global Slavery Index in 2013, over 29 million people are living in conditions of modern slavery today.
While Mauritania, Haiti and Pakistan had the highest prevalence of slavery, India has the highest number of people enslaved with approximately 14 million people in modern slavery — almost half of the total number worldwide.
China follows with an estimated 2,900,000 enslaved, and Pakistan comes in third with an estimate of over two million in modern slavery. Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh make up the top ten by absolute numbers. Taken together, these countries account for more than 22 million of the 29.8 million people enslaved.
This article was originally published byÂ IndiaSpend.