A new report on enslaved people worldwide says that Nigeria has over 701,032 slaves.

Compiled by the WalkFree Foundation, the Global Slavery Index places the country at the 48th position and states that between 670,000 and 740,000 people are believed to be working in conditions of slavery in Nigeria.

It said Nigeria, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Thailand, Russia, Ethiopia, Pakistan, China and India account for 76 per cent of the world’s 29.8 million enslaved people. The report said modern slavery is prevalent in Mauritania, Haiti, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Moldova, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia and Gabon.

“The Global Slavery Index provides a ranking of 162 countries, reflecting a combined measure of three factors: estimated prevalence of modern slavery by population, a measure of child marriage, and a measure of human trafficking in and out of a country. The measure is heavily weighted to reflect the first factor, prevalence.

?A number one ranking is the worst, 160 is the best,” the report states.  

It listed India as the country with the highest number of slaves, at between 13.3 million and 14.7 million people followed by China with between 2.8 million and 3.1 million persons. Third on the list is Pakistan, with between 2 million and 2.2 million.

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