Global Slavery Index, published by Australia-based Walk Free Foundation, defined slaves as people exploited through the use of violence, abuse of power or coercion. 2016 studies show that estimated 45.8 million people are enslaved in the world today, which include men, women and children. The count is 28 per cent more than previously estimated.
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India has the dubious distinction of having the highest number of people in the world trapped in modern slavery, with 18.35 million victims of forced labour, ranging from prostitution and begging. North Korea has the highest incidence (4.37% of the population) and the weakest government response to deal with it.
In the last report in 2014, India had nearly 14.3 million people enslaved. India had recently drafted the country’s first comprehensive anti-human trafficking law.