Everything we do is weighed against one simple question: will this free slaves and help them stay free?
Slavery flourishes when people cannot meet their basic needs, and lack economic opportunity, education, healthcare and honest government. A holistic approach is required to eradicate slavery forever. That's why we:
Our goal: to end slavery in our lifetime.
Free the Slaves Organizational Description:
Free the Slaves liberates slaves, helps them rebuild their lives, and transforms the social, economic
and political forces that allow slavery to persist. We support community-driven interventions in
partnership with local groups that help people to sustainable freedom and dismantle a region’s
system of slavery. We convince governments, international development organizations and
businesses to implement key changes required for global eradication. We document and disseminate
leading-edge practices to help the anti-slavery movement work more effectively. We raise awareness
and promote action by opinion leaders, decision makers and the public. Free the Slaves is showing
the world that ending slavery is possible.
Most Recent Facts about Modern Day Slavery
• 21-30 million people are trapped in slavery around the world today (Sources 1+2)
• 22% of slavery victims today are in sex slavery (Source 1)
• 78% of slavery victims today are in forced labor slavery (Source 1)
• 55% of slavery victims today are women and girls (Source 1)
• 45% of slavery victim today are men and boys (Source 1)
• 26% of slaves today are children under age 18 (Source 1)
1. U.N. International Labor Organization Global Estimate of Forced Labor 2012 http://www.ilo.org/washington/
2. Walk Free Global Slavery Index 2013
Where is Slavery Worst?
• Mauritania has the highest percentage of its population in slavery: 4%
• India has the largest number of people in slavery: 14 million
• The U.S. has 60,000 victims in slavery today
• Top 10 per-capita slavery hot spots: Mauritania, Haiti, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Moldova,
Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Gabon,
• The U.S. ranks 134th
Walk Free Global Slavery Index 2013
out of 162 countries for slavery prevalence
Countries Where Free the Slaves Works
India, Nepal, Ghana, Congo (DRC), Haiti, Brazil