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.