Lifestyle News Desk. In today’s era, when someone talks about freedom, it becomes very strange to talk about slavery. Although slavery still exists today, the Global Slavery Index is released every year, which lists countries where slavery still exists. Be it on paper or not. Let us tell you about the countries included in this list.
Many years ago slavery was very common in the world. From Arab countries to Western countries, slaves were taken from the places where they ruled. However, it is now banned by law in many countries. Yet, according to the Global Slavery Index, 50 million people are living as slaves around the world.
North Korea tops the list of countries named in the index. You must have heard many stories of atrocities and strange laws on the public in this country. Now also know that slaves are exported to North Korea just like goods. There are currently 104.6 people enslaved, which means one in 10 of the population is a slave.
Following North Korea in the index are African countries like Eritrea and Mauritania. Although slavery was outlawed here in the eighties, this practice continues even today. After UAE, now Kuwait and Saudi are also coming in this list. These countries are very rich and their citizens live in good economic conditions, but the laborers coming here from outside are treated like slaves.
The situation of slavery in North Korea is such that it is supplied to countries other than its own country. In 2016, the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights revealed that sending North Korean laborers to other countries was draining significant sums of money into the government treasury.
Since Kim Jong Un came to power in 2012, the citizens here have started being used like commodities. Those who were caught trying to flee the country were made bonded labourers. Some remained in their country, while others were sent abroad.
In modern slavery, neither the working hours are fixed nor are these laborers paid any fixed wages. Especially in North Korea, married people are sent out for slavery, so that they do not run away. They are made to work 14 to 16 hours a day and have no contract. All identity cards have also been taken from them.