On November 17, 2014, the Walk Free Foundation, an Australian-based human rights group, released its latest slavery index. Estimated number of people in modern slavery globally is 35.8 million, with 61% of them living in India, China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Russia.
For the second year in a row, India was found to have the greatest number of slaves in the world, at 14.3 million people. Top five countries with the biggest numbers of people living in conditions tantamount to slavery:
- India (an estimated 14.29 million enslaved people)
- China (3.24 million enslaved people)
- Pakistan (2.06 million enslaved people)
- Uzbekistan (1.2 million enslaved people)
- Russia (1.05 million enslaved people)
Five countries are appearing in the Global Slavery Index for the first time: Taiwan, South Sudan, North Korea, Kosovo and Cyprus.