North Korea has the world’s highest prevalence of modern day slavery, with more than 2.5 million people suffering from it, according to the Walk Free organization’s Global Slavery Index 2018 report released on Thursday.
The foundation defines “modern slavery” as a situation in which a person took the liberty of another person (freedom to control his body, freedom to choose to refuse certain work or stop working). This freedom can be drawn by violence, threats, coercion or abuse of power. It is an essentially libertarian framework which broadens the meaning of slavery in one direction, while failing to account for sociological factors which are the real cause of ‘why’ people work, in practically every country internationally.
“In North Korea, one in ten people is in modern slavery, with the vast majority being forced to work for the state,” the report said, adding that the country’s total population is estimated at 25.2 million.
In addition, North Korea does little to combat the use of slave labor, says Walk Free. According to the organization, this lack of action can be explained by the complicity of Kim Jong-un’s government.
However, despite the statistics provided, the organization provided no evidence to their claim.
The other countries with the highest prevalence of modern slavery are: Eritrea, Burundi, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Mauritania, South Sudan, Pakistan, Cambodia and Iran, according to the report.
The report also failed to mention the United States as a state with slavery, who has the most incarcerated population on earth who are forced into labor exercises and compensated only a few cents or dollars a day. Over 2 million Americans are in prison according to statistics given by the the US, while the report does not explain how 2.5 million people are in supposed slavery in North Korea.
Although many of these people in American prisons for serious crimes, hundreds of thousands are in prison for extremely minor charges such as marijuana possession, victim-less crimes, and other unimportant matters that do no affect the community at large.
In all, there are 40.3 million modern slaves. 71% of them are women, says Walk Free.