“Today there are…45.8 million slaves world-wide.” Wall Street Journal editorial
“The Walk Free Foundation estimates there are some 58,000 slaves in the U.S., many of them Latino illegal immigrants who fall victim to human traffickers, as well as domestic workers who arrive legally but end up enslaved by their employers or those who get trapped in the sex trade.” Ibid
Slaves in the American South numbered four million in 1860, the last time the U.S. Census Bureau counted the victims of the “peculiar institution” before it was abolished. Today there are 18.4 million slaves in India alone and 45.8 million world-wide. The modern slave trade is as cruel as its 19th-century forerunner—and much larger than previously thought.
That’s according to the Walk Free Foundation, founded by Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest, which publishes a Global Slavery Index to measure the scale and prevalence of modern slavery. This year’s index was compiled using a rigorous methodology involving in-person interviews with 42,000 respondents in 53 languages and 25 countries. Continue reading