World More than 40m people worldwide living as modern slaves

19:40  04 august  2018
19:40  04 august  2018 Source:

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“What is startling about these new estimates is the sheer scale of the modern slave trade and the fact that we have 40 million people across the world in The global estimates were calculated by drawing on a range of data over a five-year period, including interviews with more than 71,000 people across

Contemporary slavery , also known as modern slavery , refers to the This is sometimes lower than the wage-cost of free laborers, as free workers earn more than sustenance; in these cases, slaves have a positive price. ^ 70 million people living as slaves , latest global index reveals, The Guardian.

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A shocking recent report has found that more than 40 million people worldwide are living in some form as modern slaves, including 400,000 in the US.

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The report by human rights group Walk Free Foundation concluded that roughly one in 800 Americans work under conditions amountingto forced labour, reports CBS News.

Modern slavery, according to United Nations standards, refers to any situation where an individual is unable to leave, which can include everything from sex work, to forced marriage, to workplaces where workers are not granted their basic employee rights.

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NEW YORK - More than 40 million people were trapped as slaves last year in forced labor and forced marriages, according to the first joint effort by key anti- slavery groups to estimate the number of victims worldwide of the international crime.

Modern slavery can affect people of any age, gender or race. However, most commonly, slavery affects people and communities who are vulnerable to being taken advantage of. It can be someone living in poverty and having no real prospects for a decent job

Most modern slaves are those subjected to forced conditions in Asia, according to the organisation's Global Slavery Index, with one in 10 people living in such a manner in North Korea.

Human rights researcher Davina Durgana told CBS News many North Korean modern slaves were political dissidents sentenced to hard labour.

While the US may have a large number of modern slaves, it is also one of the leading countries in tackling the issue, only behind the Netherlands in implementing effective policies to deal with the issue.

Ms Durgana says consumers should consider how products they buy are sourced, especially when buying cocoa, fish, clothing and electronics, which are often made through forced labour.

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