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Countries With Most Slavery

Name the countries with the highest proportion of people living in slavery.
As of 2016. Source: Global Slavery Index
Last updated: September 06, 2018
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Country
4.37
North Korea
3.97
Uzbekistan
1.65
Cambodia
1.40
India
1.36
Qatar
1.13
Pakistan
1.13
D.R. Congo
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Country
1.13
Sudan
1.13
Iraq
1.13
Afghanistan
1.13
Yemen
1.13
Syria
1.13
South Sudan
1.13
Somalia
%
Country
1.13
Libya
1.13
Central African Republic
1.06
Mauritania
1.00
Haiti
1.00
Dominican Republic
0.96
Myanmar
0.95
Bangladesh
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level 73
Nov 18, 2014
hm... interesting. Didn't miss any in the first two columns except for Uzbekistan. But I'm surprised to not see Saudi Arabia on the list. I guess it's hard to collect accurate stats on such a thing, plus I'm sure there's some disagreement on how exactly to define "slave" these days. Since, officially anyway, the last country to ban the practice did so over 30 years ago.
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level 71
Jul 10, 2018
Likely a methodological error.
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level 65
Sep 8, 2018
In an era in which (permanent) bonded servitude is illegal everywhere, there are pretty massive methodological challenges in coming up with these numbers. We should care about freedom, of course, but placing everyone within a dichotomy of free/unfree is pretty ridiculously simplistic in the current context.
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level 31
May 30, 2015
Heh...Mauritania was an answer on the quiz for the last countries to abolish slavery. I knew my scoff in the comments was true.
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level 69
Jul 14, 2018
I thought I once saw that Mali was a big problem in that same region, but I guess, according to this reporting methodology, it's not.
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level 63
Jul 9, 2018
Even though I guessed it right, I had no idea about Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Definitely a shot in the dark there.
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level 57
Jul 10, 2018
i think the slaves in dr are mostly haitians and black domincans, racism is still prevalent there.
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level 69
Jul 14, 2018
Haiti has fallen on some really crappy times of late, but doesn't the DR have a lot of tourism? (My daughter went and said the beaches are beautiful!) Tourists tend to frown on slavery as a general rule.
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level 68
Aug 9, 2018
Reminds me of when former sports legend Franz Beckenbauer went to Qatar for business deals and when he came back, this is what he had to say in all seriousness: "I have not seen a single slave there. They all walk around freely, neither chained nor shackled, and without penitential garment on their heads. I don't know where these media reports come from. I have seen the Arab world myself and I think my view is more realistic."
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level 66
Jul 21, 2018
People living under slavery don't have a big red 'S' on their back. Tourists are more likely to lounge on the beach or in the bar then give the toilet-cleaners the 3rd degree on their working status.
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level 68
Jul 10, 2018
I was desperate enough to try Liberia.
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level 54
Jul 11, 2018
I was just going down the west coast of Africa, typed that, and then facepalmed.
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level 44
Jul 10, 2018
Omg i had 1 second left and i got the last missing one (mauritania)
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level 80
Jul 10, 2018
Lovely how many of these have "Republic" in their official names.
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level 41
Sep 8, 2018
Yeah and democratic. Korea's official name is the Democratic Republic of Korea.
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level 73
Sep 8, 2018
The number of adjectives in your country's name describing it as free, democratic, or for the people is inversely proportional to the degree that country actually is free, democratic, or for the people.
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level 64
Jul 10, 2018
Best Korea has no slaves. They're merely voluntary workers. Dear Leader gives them the best food.
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level 41
Sep 8, 2018
What about the people in prison camps? They work, make things and carry things under orders or get punished so basically slaves.
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level 50
Sep 16, 2018
He is being sarcastic
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level 26
Jul 11, 2018
I only got 57%. Guessing countries for this topic was uncomfortable.
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level 79
Jul 12, 2018
I wonder, if for some countries, is there any practical difference between "wife" and "slave"? And does that show in this quiz? Sadly.
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level 69
Jul 14, 2018
Hey, in Saudi Arabia, women can drive now!
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level 73
Sep 8, 2018
It doesn't matter if you are someone's wife or not, in Saudi Arabia all women, aside from foreign expats, must by law have a "mahram." They like to translate this as "guardian," but in actual practice a better translation is "owner." All Saudi women are someone's property. They can't work, travel, marry, or divorce without permission from their "mahram." They do not have the same legal rights as men and their testimony is not valued as if it were given by a whole person in Saudi courts. The true figure for slavery in Saudi Arabia is close to 50%.

source: living there for 6 years, knowing personally many women who are from there. 100% of them are unable to truly make decisions for themselves. Those that appear to are only doing so with the consent of their owner (father, uncle, husband... in some cases minor male child... somebody with a phallus basically)
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level 41
Sep 8, 2018
Saudi was my second guess I think. I have heard all of those things, it's very sad. Hope things improve with time but I don't know....
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level 73
Sep 8, 2018
And in many other Muslim-majority countries the situation is very similar, though maybe not as legally black-and-white as in the KSA.
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level 71
Sep 8, 2018
Huh. A little surprised to see North Korea at the top. Not because I had thought it was such a wonderful place, but because I had pictured it as a place where the quality of life is just generally bad for everyone. But I guess for some it's even worse :(
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level 56
Sep 8, 2018
Anecdotally, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait should be here.
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level 13
Sep 8, 2018
This is sad. I feel bad for these people who still live as slaves.
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level 61
Sep 8, 2018
Do these stats include prison labor?
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level 56
Sep 8, 2018
no, if it did there would be way more countries on the list, most notably the US
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level 41
Sep 8, 2018
Woah so North Korea is top without the prison Labour.
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level 57
Sep 8, 2018
Interesting. Is there a quiz on countries with the most slavery by just the numbers? A 1.40% for India is huge! (~20 million!)
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level 41
Sep 8, 2018
I thought China would be on there. I didn't expect north Korea to be there even though it was my first guess because it often doesn't have statistics for these things. Didn't know about Uzbekistan.
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level 55
Sep 10, 2018
Surely there is something in the methodology here accounting for 11 countries at exactly 1.13%???
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level 37
Sep 13, 2018
I did not know Qatar suffered from slavery.
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