Global Slavery Index finds India has most forced labourers, Haiti & Mauritania have most by share of population - report names cotton, mineral, seafood supply chains

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18 October 2013

More than 17,000 modern-day “slaves” in Libya, says global report

Author: Libya Herald

With 17,693 people apparently living as modern-day slaves in Libya, according to the first-ever Global Slavery Index, the country is ranked by it as having the greatest prevalence of “slavery” in North Africa...Modern slavery takes many forms and is known by many names, the organisers of the report said. “Whether it is called human trafficking, forced labour, slavery or slavery-like practices, victims of modern slavery have their freedom denied, and are used and controlled and exploited by another person for profit, sex, or the thrill of domination.”...The figures make Libya the worst for slavery in North Africa, with Algeria ranked at 91, Morocco at 93, Tunisia at 122 and Egypt at 113...The Middle East and North Africa account for 2.46 percent of the world’s 29.6 million people living in modern “slavery”, the foundation said, with migrant workers identified as particularly vulnerable in the region. It also had the highest measured level of discrimination against women...

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17 October 2013

Global Slavery Index catalogues forced labour around the world

Author: Elisabeth Braw, Guardian Sustainable Business (UK)

According to the Global Slavery Index,...29 million children and adults around the world work in servitude. India leads with about 14 million forced labourers,...China has...2.9 million and Pakistan just above 2 million. Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burma and Bangladesh round out the top 10...[As] a proportion of the population, only Mauritania is worse than Haiti...Walk Free Foundation CEO Nick Grono [says] "...The clothes we wear might be made from cotton picked by forced labour in Uzbekistan....[E]lectronic games...might contain minerals extracted by forced labour in the Congo."...Professor Kevin Bales, co-founder of...Free The Slaves and the index's author [says] "...[F]ish and shrimp processing in Bangladesh and India can get very big, and these companies are supplying the European and North American frozen seafood market." [refers to Nintendo, H&M, Michael Kors, Nike, Daewoo International (part of POSCO), HP, Intel]

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1 October 2013

[PDF] Global Slavery Index 2013

Author: Walk Free Foundation

The Global Slavery Index 2013 measures the size of the modern slavery problem, country by country. The Index provides a quantitative ranking of 162 countries around the world according to the estimated prevalence of slavery, that is, the estimated percentage of enslaved people in the national population at a point in time. The Global Slavery Index also examines the risk factors and outlines the strength of the government responses in the fight against modern slavery.

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