12 African Countries With The Most Slavery

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Written by Keren Mikva

We know now that slavery isn’t only about the past, and that the institution still thrives. An estimated 35.8 million people around the world were slaves in 2014, according to the Global Slavery Index.

By definition, modern slavery includes forced labor, sexual exploitation, child labor and inter-generational bonded servitude. Every country on Earth is affected, Africa, disproportionately so. The following African coutries have the highest prevalence of slavery today according to the 2014 Global Slavery Index.

Percentages below reflect the proportion of the population estimated to be enslaved, according to the 2014 Global Slavery Index. Also check out this ranking of the 15 countries with the most slavery in the world.

Sources: GlobalSlaveryIndex.org, GVNet.com/HumanTraffic, US State Department Trafficking in Persons Report