More than 150 years after Abraham Lincoln put an end to slavery in the United States, the number of people enslaved throughout the world is surging.
On Tuesday, Australian actor Russell Crowe introduced the third Global Slavery Index, reporting that almost 46 million people are living as slaves worldwide.
The index, by Australia-based human rights group Walk Free Foundation, finds that the greatest number of people in bondage are in India. The highest prevalence of slavery is in North Korea, it adds.
The estimate of 45.8 million, up sharply from 35.8 million in 2014, includes people born into servitude, trafficked for sex work, or trapped in debt bondage or forced labor. The nearly 30% increase was due to better data collection, said Andrew Forrest, founder of Walk Free. Forrest said, however, that he fears the situation was getting worse with global displacement and migration increasing vulnerability to all forms of slavery.
Reuters news service said that Forrest, an Australian mining billionaire and philanthropist, urged businesses to check their supply chains for worker exploitation, saying he found thousands of people trapped in slavery making goods for his company Fortescue Metals Group.
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