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Iceland among Countries with Least Slavery

Iceland is one of three countries with the least slavery in the world, according to the Global Slavery Index 2013. There are “less than 100 slaves” in Iceland, the report states.

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The report measures the number of slaves a country has in comparison to its population.

According to a report from the organization Walk Free, there are 29.8 million people enslaved around the world, with the highest number in India, an estimated 13 to 14 million. Meanwhile, Mauritania has the highest proportion of slaves, or 4 percent of the population, reports.

The U.K. and Ireland join Iceland in the top spot.

In Iceland, slavery has primarily been detected in the sex industry, and also to a lesser extent in construction and the hospitality industry, according to the report. A small number of pregnant victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation have also entered Iceland in recent years.

Click here to read the full report.


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