Countries With The Most Slavery In The World In 2014

Written by Keren Mikva

12. United Arab Emirates – 1.057%

The United Arab Emirates has a huge foreign worker population, with more than 7.3 million foreigners making up the bulk of the country’s 9.3 million population. Many of these workers are trapped by illegal sponsorship systems through their employers, and the demand for cheap labor in the UAE perpetuates exploitative forced labor practices. Despite the fact that sex outside of marriage is banned in the U.A.E., sexual abuse is rampant among women and children employed as domestic workers. The U.A.E. passed anti-trafficking laws and some progress has been made, but labor issues remain a problem.