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45.8 Million Currently Living in Slavery

According to a new report there are currently an estimated 45.8 million people in slavery around the world in 167 different countries. The study done by Walk Free Foundation recently published their data in their 2016 Global Slavery Index.

According to a new report there are currently an estimated 45.8 million people in slavery around the world in 167 different countries. The study done by Walk Free Foundation recently published their data in their 2016 Global Slavery Index. The study saw a 28% increase from the previous study done two years prior. The organization attributed the increase to better data collection and research. Thus whether slavery is increasing or decreasing is still unclear.

According to the report, India is ranked the worst in total numbers with 18.35 million in slavery alone. North Korea has the highest per capita level with 4.37% of their population in slavery. The United States falls relatively low on the list, however it still clocks in with over 57,000 estimated people trapped in slavery.

The good news of the repost is that it stated “significant progress” was found in antislavery actions by governments. This included India and China, the top two offenders in terms of sheer numbers, who passed stricter penalties for those convicted of human trafficking, child labor, and slavery.

Slavery is still a major human rights issue that is facing the world today. With new research and better data the scope of the problem is becoming clear. We can no longer sit back and pretend that there isn’t a problem. We must act and advocate for those that have no voice.

What should we do? The first step is to educate ourselves, read the 2016 Global Slavery Index and let those numbers sink in. 45.8 million people that Jesus loves are currently living in some form of slavery. That’s not okay, and that story needs to change.

The second step is to take action. Pray for the 45.8 million people. Get involved in an organization that is fighting the problem. International Justice Mission is a great organization that advocates for those with no rights. Two other great organizations that fights child trafficking and exploration are Rapha House and Black Box International. Find an organization and fight alongside of them.

If you want another great resource check out Baht, a documentary done to raise funds for Rapha House. It’s an intense look at the slavery problem today.

3 comments on “45.8 Million Currently Living in Slavery

  1. We are involved with an anti-sex trafficking group. In our city, they rescue women who are stuck in sex trafficking. However, beyond sex trafficking you can find a lot of slavery in the US via the illegal immigration movement. For all the heated rhetoric, there are thousands who have been brought across the border with promises of a better life. Only to find themselves working out in the middle of nowhere, and much like the old coal mining towns, finding they have to pay for everything and discovering their wages can’t possibly keep up with what they owe “the company”. Thus they work for free their entire lives, unless they are discovered by the authorities.

    Thank you for writing about this. More people need to understand that there are more people in slavery today around the world than when it was legal back in the 1700s and 1800s. Just like then, Christians need to stand up and fight for the freedom of every man woman and child made in the image of God.

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    • That’s great you are involved! It’s an issue that is easy to ignore and not do anything about because we rarely see it. The more the issue is out there the more we will have to deal with it.

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