Around the world today, there are an estimated 35.8 million men, women and children trapped in modern slavery.
It is important to note that we are not asserting that there has been an increase in modern slavery around the world over the last year. We believe that this increase is due to the improved accuracy and precision of our measures and that we are uncovering modern slavery where it was not seen before. Five countries are appearing in the Global Slavery Index for the first time: Taiwan, South Sudan, North Korea, Kosovo and Cyprus. A detailed description of the methodology underpinning this process can be found here.