Study: Nearly 36 Million Slaves Around the World

The Australian-based human rights group, the Walk Free Foundation, conducted its annual survey of slavery around the world and discovered that there are 35.8  million people in bondage in 167 countries.

Leading the world in the number of slaves is India with more than 14 million. The highest number of slaves per capita belongs to Mauriitania with 4% of its population of 3.9 million living in slavery.

Qatar, which will host the 2022 soccer World Cup came in 4th on the list. Human rights groups accuse Qatar of using slave labor to work its massive stadium building program to get ready for the games.


The next highest prevalence rates were found in India, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Syria and Central African Republic.

The index showed that 10 countries alone account for 71 percent of the world’s slaves.

After India, China has the most with 3.2 million, then Pakistan (2.1 million), Uzbekistan (1.2 million), Russia (1.05 million), Nigeria (834,200), Democratic Republic of Congo (762,900), Indonesia (714,100), Bangladesh (680,900) and Thailand (475,300).