Top 5 Countries Where Slavery Is Alive And Kicking

45.8 million people around the world are being forced to work in factories, mines and farms, sold for sex, trapped in debt bondage or born into servitude.

One would think that slavery was a thing of the past. But its’ not- in fact it is on the rise. According to a survey by Walk Free Foundation the number has in fact increased from 35.8 million in 2014 to 45.8 million this year.

Asia is home to an estimated two-thirds of the total number of people living in modern slavery. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for about 15 percent of the world's slaves.

Rounding out the top 10 countries were Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, North Korea, Russia, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Indonesia.

North Korea is the country with the highest estimated proportion of modern slavery with nearly one in every 20 North Koreans, or 4.37 percent of a 25 million population, living in slavery.

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Governments taking the most steps to combat modern slavery were the Netherlands, the United States, Britain, Sweden, Australia, Portugal, Croatia, Spain, Belgium and Norway.

The least action was being taken by the governments of North Korea, Iran, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Hong Kong, Central African Republic, Papua New Guinea, Guinea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan. (Reporting by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Ros Russell.; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, property rights and climate change.

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