A Better Way to Fight Modern Slavery

Human trafficking is big business. It generates profits of nearly $150 billion annually. Yet because it is a black market activity, it is extremely difficult to track.

The 2016 Global Slavery Index, recently issued by The Walk Free Foundation, estimates there are 45.8 million victims of human trafficking worldwide—nearly 10 million more than estimated in the 2015 report. Andrew Forrest, the foundation’s founder, attributes the apparent increase in victims to improved methodology and to global instability that increases vulnerabilities to human trafficking. According to the Index, Asia remains a hotbed of human trafficking. Fifty-eight percent of all human trafficking victims live in just five Asian countries: India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan. India alone is estimated to have more than 18 million victims, and at least four percent of North Korea’s population is enslaved.

  • Start sanctions against countries that employ slave labour. I’m sure Middle Eastern states will whine but holding fast might put a dent in this problem.

    • I wish it were that easy, I doubt any Euro state would implement sanctions, Justin certainly wouldn’t.

    • I wish it were that easy, I doubt any Euro state would implement sanctions, Justin certainly wouldn’t.

  • Alain

    The most effective way of discouraging human traffickers would be not to ever allow any illegal to remain no where what the origin. The EU has been aiding and abetting them for so many years and the same for the United States and Canada. Stop rewarding them. As for human slavery there are many different kinds and types. One not addressed is becoming a slave to government tyranny which is happening little by little throughout the West.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Gosh, just the other night we were watching Michael Wood on TV tell us about how India is the best place in the world. Somehow, he never got around to mentioning the slavery.