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30 Million People Enslaved Worldwide: Report

October 17, 2013

Radio Free Europe

A new report from an Australian-based rights group says some 30 million people are enslaved worldwide.

The report says they are trafficked to work as sex slaves, forced into manual labor, are victims of debt bondage, and sometimes born into servitude.

The Global Slavery Index 2013 survey, by the Walk Free organization, says almost half of the world's slaves are in India.

But the report says it found slavery in some 160 other countries as well.

The report says China is home to 2.9 million slaves, Pakistan has 2.1 million, and there are 516,000 in Russia.

It says Moldova has an estimated 33,000 slaves but is mainly a source country.

It says Moldovans in Ukraine, Russia, the United States, Germany, Belarus, and elsewhere are exploited in the sex industry, construction, agriculture, and domestic work.

Based on reports from Reuters and AFP

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Original headline: Report: 30 Million Slaves Worldwide

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