Guardian: Global slavery mapped

We like to think that slavery was abolished. The honest but abominable acceptance of the term ‘slavery’ as a legitimate form of labor has been abolished. But the practice persists in reality around the world with the poorest of the working poor caught up in jobs which pay nothing, or not enough to escape their debt to their employer.

For example, Time magazine noted the other day that India has 14 million people working slave labor. Now, from The Guardian you can visualize world slavery at  Global slavery mapped:

Modern day slavery directly affects 29 million people in the world today – that’s according to a new index which has sought to look at this empirically by measuring the prevalence of slavery by population, child marriage and human trafficking on a country by country basis. You can see their results in the interactive map at the link above (below is just a screen grab).

Slavery Map


About Author

Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.