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30 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN SLAVERY WORLDWIDE?

 
OHANNESBURG, South Africa - An estimated 30 million people worldwide are living in modern-day slavery, according to the inaugural Global Slavery Index published on Thursday. 
The index, compiled by the Walk Free Foundation(WFF), said that while India by far had the largest number of enslaved people, the problem was most prevalent in the west African nation of Mauritania, where four per cent of the population was deemed to be held in slavery. 
There are an estimated 14 million slaves in India and a further 2.1 million in Pakistan. The foundation’s definition of modern slavery includes slavery itself, plus slavery-like practices — such as debt bondage, forced marriage and the sale or exploitation of children — human trafficking and forced labour. 
The WFF hopes the annual index will help governments to monitor and tackle what it calls a “hidden crime”.
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