If we hear the expression “modern slavery” perhaps we don’t really believe that it exists – so this article is about countries with the most slaves today. It’s a thrilling topic, and as for me, I always read articles, watch documentaries about it. It’s really incredible that slavery is legal in some countries even today.
While slavery is universally considered to be against human rights, countries with slavery today unfortunately still exist. While the government may have declared this act to be illegal, the people in various countries have continued a slave trade of human trafficking. For example, in India slavery still exists on a large level, and the government has been unable to make any inroads in this case. In fact, it is estimated that around 45.8 million people globally are currently embroiled in modern slavery. Just think about that number for a moment. That number exceeds the population of many developed countries. It is hard to fathom that even now, with so much progress that has been made in human rights, tens of millions of people around the world have no rights at all. Incredibly, over 58% of this figure resides in just 5 countries, countries where slavery is still legal.
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked three countries with the most slaves today.
The first one on our list is Cambodia. Cambodia is one of the main countries involved in human trafficking, and by extension, involved in slavery as well, with children often being kidnapped and held as slaves or being forced into prostitution. The second country for now is Afghanistan. Afghanistan was destroyed by the Taliban in the 1990s and has never quite been the same since. Nowadays, reports have emerged that the soldiers present in the country use small boys as their sex slaves. As I was reading about Afghanistan, I remembered that dark times in the 1990’s. Talibans demolished everything in that country, and people sank into deep waters of poverty, famine… And those thousands of little poor boys…! Oh, God it’s horrifying to read about it. At last, but not least we should see Sudan. A running theme in the ranking shows that countries decimated by civil war or terrorism also have an abundance of slaves, and the same is true for Sudan, where slavery rose significantly after the second civil war.
For any further useful information, read Insider Monkey’s article about 12 countries with the most slaves today