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Press Release Archives - Walk Free Foundation - Global Slavery Index 2014

35.8 MILLION PEOPLE ARE ENSLAVED ACROSS THE WORLD

Improved methodology highlights 20% more people across the world in modern slavery than previous estimated, according to the Global Slavery Index 2014

Global Slavery Index 2014 key findings:

  • Modern slavery exists in all 167 countries covered by the GSI
  • Total number of people enslaved: 35.8 million people
  • Improved methodology uncovers 20% more enslaved people than previously estimated
  • Five countries account for 61% of the world’s population living in modern slavery
  • Africa and Asia continue to face biggest challenges

Please note that throughout, the terms ‘enslaved’ and ‘slavery’ are used as synonyms of ‘modern slavery’ and should not be interpreted to suggest traditional slavery in which people were held in bondage as legal property, which has been outlawed in every country across the word.
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