Countries With The Most Slavery In The World In 2014

Written by Keren Mikva

7. Democratic Republic of the Congo – 1.13%

With a population of more than 67 million, DRC has approximately 762,000 people enslaved. One of the most prevalent forms of slavery in the DRC is forced labor, often through a practice of debt bondage, in which workers must borrow from employers to begin work and are forced to stay indefinitely to pay off the debts. Others include commercial sexual exploitation, and child solider recruitment. Political instability and ongoing violence from armed rebel groups – especially surrounding the region’s mineral wealth – have created an enormous population of internally displaced people. The internally displaced are more vulnerable to slavery that the rest of the population. Weak infrastructure and rampant poverty have made slavery difficult to tackle.