Jamaica Ranks 141 of 167 on the 2016 Global Slavery Index

Modern Day Slavery

According to the Global Slavery Index for 2016,which was conducted by the Walk Free Foundation NGO, an estimated 0.212 percent of Jamaica’s population is living in a condition of modern slavery. The index defines modern slavery as an exploitve situation “that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, abuse of power or deception, with treatment akin t a farm animal.” With its listing at 141, Jamaica ranks fifth overall among Caribbean nations on the Slavery Index, with an estimated 5,800 people on the island experiencing a situation of modern slavery. The United States is ranked 72 on the list of 167 nations. Countries in the Caribbean ranked in the following positions on the Index:

1. Haiti (57 overall)
2. Dominican Republic (58 overall)
3. Cuba (87 overall)
4. Trinidad and Tobago (140 overall)
5. Jamaica (141 overall)
6. Guyana (145 overall)
7. Suriname (154 overall)
8. Barbados (165 overall)

The countries around the world with the hightest populations living in modern slavery are:

1. India
2. China
3. Pakistan
4. Bangladesh
5. Uzbekistan

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Stephanie Korney