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Mauritania, Haiti top new global slavery index

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 4:50am  ET

LONDON (AP) -- A new report by an international charity organization says slavery is alive and well in the modern world.

The "Global Slavery Index" report by the Walk Free Foundation says Mauritania, Haiti and Pakistan have the most widespread instances of modern slavery.

Practices include forced and bonded labor, human trafficking, forced marriages, and the use of children in the military.

Using reports from governments and non-profit organizations as well as statistical estimates, the charity says that in Mauritania many people inherit slave status from their ancestors. Out of a population of only 3.8 million, the west African nation enslaves an estimated 140,000 to 160,000 people.

In Haiti about one in 10 children trapped in an exploitative system of child labor. Pakistan ranks third followed by India, where child labor and forced marriages are common.

In absolute terms, India, China, Pakistan and Nigeria have the highest numbers of people enslaved.

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