New Global Index Exposes ‘Modern Slavery’ Worldwide
Note that despite what members of the Tea Party may think, Obamacare, taxes, etc. are not considered slavery by any rational person. Yes, I’m being sarcastic, but there are human beings out there—real people including children—who right this minute are suffering very real & brutal slavery, and I’m sick to death of whining morons complaining that something they simply dislike and/or politically disagree with is akin to slavery (or the Holocaust, fascism, religious persecution, etc.)
For what it’s worth, this new survey has the backing of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among others. Considering how much of the world she’s seen and how important women’s & children’s rights are to her, I think that’s a pretty good endorsement. Please read the source article over at BBC as it includes an overview of the report as well as a couple of data tables and a video.
Nearly 30 million people around the world are living as slaves, according to a new index ranking 162 countries.
The Global Slavery Index 2013 says India has the highest number of people living in conditions of slavery at 14 million.
But Mauritania has the highest proportional figure with about 4% of its population enslaved.
The report’s authors hope it will help governments tackle what they call a “hidden crime”.
The index was compiled by Australian-based rights organisation Walk Free Foundation using a definition of modern slavery that includes debt bondage, forced marriage and human trafficking.
“A lot of governments won’t like hearing what we have to say,” WFF chief executive Nick Grono told the French news agency Agence France-Presse.
“Those governments that want to engage with us, we will be very open to engaging and looking at ways in which we can better measure the issue of modern slavery.” […]
Here’s a link to the full report: Global Slavery Index 2013 (PDF)
Below is a video from the Walk Free website defining what providing their definition of what slavery is, global statistics, and giving an explanation of who they’ve teamed up with and how they intend to make a difference: