Countries With The Most Slavery In The World In 2014

Written by Keren Mikva

2. Uzbekistan – 3.973%

An astonishing 1,201,400 people are reported to be enslaved in Uzbekistan, a country with a population of more than 30 million people. The country is one of the world’s top cotton producers, and Uzbekistan nationals are often forced to work on cotton plantations during the harvest. Some estimates have this number at 5-million-plus during the picking season. The government has been complicit in forced labor, coercing men, women and children with threats of school expulsion or reduced federal benefits to work on the fields to meet state-imposed quotas. Sexual exploitation is also an issue in Uzbekistan. Hundreds of human trafficking victims are identified each year.