The world is home to 36 million enslaved individuals

(AGI) Paris - From cannabis plantations to prostitutionto forced marriages to child trafficking and abuse, there arecurrently 35.8 million people enslaved  [...]

The world is home to 36 million enslaved individuals
(AGI) Paris, Nov 17 - From cannabis plantations to prostitutionto forced marriages to child trafficking and abuse, there arecurrently 35.8 million people enslaved across the world. Europecounts 556,000 among the newly enslaved, according to the theannual report of the Global Slavery Index (GSI). "One wouldassume slavery is something pertaining to the past, or acondition still present only in countries devastated by povertyand wars," yet it involves 167 countries, explained AndrewForrest, president of the Walk Free Foundation, which haswritten the report. The report pointed out that slaveryconditions contribute to the production of 122 different typesof products across 58 countries. The International LaborOrganization has estimated that slavery generates revenues of120 million euros every year. "The Thai fish market, thediamond mines in Congo, the Indian girls who sew the balls usedto play football - this is their work we are consuming,"highlighted the report. On the top of the blacklist areMauritania and Uzbekistan. India has recently adopted majormeasures to curb this phenomenon. The countries making thegreatest efforts to fight against slavery are the Netherlands,Sweden, the United States, Australia, Switzerland, Ireland,Norway, the United Kingdom, Georgia and Austria. (AGI) .