India has been ranked fourth in a global survey that lists 167 countries where modern slavery is prevalent.
The findings of the survey released indicate some 1.4% of the population — roughly around 18 million people — in the country is living under conditions of modern day slavery. The segments implicated include domestic work, construction, sex industries, agriculture, fishing, manufacturing, manual labour and forced begging.
However, India’s absolute slavery figures remain highest with an estimated 18.35 million enslaved people, followed by China (3.39m), Pakistan (2.13m), Bangladesh (1.53m) and Uzbekistan (1.23m).
Contributed By Sonia Narula