The Numbers Tell the Story

Rising Team - Tuesday, February 24, 2015
by Heena Gandhi

On November 17, 2014 BBC World News gave a report titled “Almost 36m live in modern slavery.” A survey by the anti-slavery campaign group Walk Free says, “nearly 36 million people worldwide, or 0.5% of the world's population, live as slaves.” How do you feel when you read that? I'll be honest; I didn't think that was possible. I was very surprised to learn that there are 36 million people living as slaves. We're not talking about 5, or 10, or even 15 people, this is 36 million. Since when did society say that this is okay to do? Of course there are heroes in this society that we live in that are trying to stop slavery, but how do we find these “pimps” who are abducting girls and women, and selling them into the sex trade?

The report goes on to say that India has the most slaves overall, and Mauritania has the highest percentage. This report also defines slaves as “people subject to forced labor, debt bondage, trafficking, sexual exploitation for money, and forced or servile marriage.” Now here is the real shocker. In Europe there are 566, 200 people living in slavery. In Russia and Eurasia there are 2, 599, 300. In the Middle East and North Africa there are 2, 178, 100. In the Americas there are 1,285,000. In the Sub-Saharan Africa there are 5,619,200. In South Asia there are 17,459,900, and in East Asia and Pacific there are 6,082,900(Global Slavery Index 2014). I am as shocked as you are. We need to help end human trafficking in any way we can. One way is to support Rising International’s Safe and Sound Program.

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