The Global Slavery Index report is published by the Walk Free Foundation (“Walk Free”). Walk Free is committed to ending all forms of modern slavery in this generation. Modern slavery includes slavery, slavery-like practices (such as debt bondage, forced marriage and sale or exploitation of children), human trafficking and forced labor, and other practices described in key international treaties, voluntarily ratified by nearly every country in the world.
This is the first edition of the Global Slavery Index. It is the first Index of its kind – providing an estimate, country by country, of the number of people living in modern slavery today.
About the Gl obal Sl avery Inde x report
This inaugural edition of the Global Slavery Index report:
1 Provides a ranking of 162 countries around the world, based on a combined measure of three factors: estimated prevalence of modern slavery by population, a measure of child marriage, and a measure of human trafficking in and out of a country.
2 Identifies factors relevant to risk of slavery and provides a standardized measure of these factors that allows comparison country by country.
3 Examines the strength of government responses to modern slavery for the 20 countries at the top and bottom of the Index ranking.3 These studies describe the problem, government responses, and action needed.