Map: There are 30 million people in slavery across the globe

Aside from these staggering numbers, it’s sobering to visualize just how global a problem slavery is. Almost no country is untouched – even nations with relatively low slave populations, like the United Kingdom, house thousands of enslaved men, women, and children.

Walk Free defines slavery as one of the following: human trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage, forced or servile marriage, and the sale or exploitation of children including in armed conflict. Since modern slavery is “poorly understood,” even these definitions and the numbers they produce aren’t entirely reliable.

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