Study Finds Nearly 30 Million People Living in Slavery Worldwide
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  • Tom

    There’s two ways to look at this: less than half a percent of the world’s population is enslaved. This is a better ratio than at just about any time after we moved out of a hunter-gatherer society.
    On the other hand, this is more people enslaved than live in the entire state of Texas.
    In other words, this does not mean that society is terrible. It does mean there’s a lot of work to be done.

  • lukelea

    Iceland? How do they hide it?

    • f1b0nacc1

      Sex slaves, hidden as ‘sex workers’ in whorehouses. If you have ever been to Iceland (an experience I strongly recommend), you see a huge number of them…

  • jeburke

    Whatever the number, it’s terrible, but isn’t it a bit of hyperbole to contend that “forced marriage” is equal to chattel slavery? It’s a bum deal, to be sure, but when you don’t make distinctions, you lose your way.

  • Atanu Maulik

    the authors are careful to note that even high-performers like Britain and Iceland also have slaves within their borders______Let me guess. They are among the followers of a prophet who went to heaven in a winged horse. Right ?

  • Ethan Rosen

    Worth noting that in Mauritania, slavery was actually legal until 2007

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6938032.stm

  • Boritz

    This article is very troubling. It takes focus off of the United States where focus should remain 24/7 forever.

    • gerald

      Yes, the continued problem with human trafficking indulged in by criminals in the United States (i.e. Ariel Castro) makes moving the problem of slavery in India right to the very bottom of the list! let us continue to lash the backs of the 99.99% of the Americans totally uninvolved in this trade, and forbidden by law to personally intervene in the matter themselves. POW! POW! POW! Let the blood and flecks of flesh FLY!

      /sarc (if it wasn’t obvious, and a hint of what boritz needs to do to keep from getting mistaken as a troll)

      If one was REALLY smart, one would acknowledge the 80/20 law and get good immediate returns going after the ones with the biggest number of slaves (rather than biggest percentage of the population). But hey, if the point is to shame people instead of actually, you know, SOLVE the problem, you can just ignore me.

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