Information compiled by the Walk Free Foundation’s Global Slavery Index (GSI) reveals modern day slavery is still prominent across the globe. Over 45 million people in 167 countries are owned as if they were property, but unlike ancient times, many of them are forced into hard labor but they aren’t paid at all. Children, adults, and entire families are forced into slavery due to financial debts, while women and girls are more likely to be trafficked and sexually exploited.
Here are the countries around the world who have the most modern day slaves.
With 18.4 million slaves in this South Asian country, India has the most slaves in the world. When they’re unable to repay a debt, many Indians are forced to work in the rice mills and clothing factories to repay what they owe. They’re then forced to work countless hours, and with interests rates so high, it makes it impossible for them to ever reclaim their personal and financial freedom. In some cases, an entire family can be forced to work together to pay off a debt. Sexual slavery among women and girls is also a huge problem in this country.