Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

India has 18 million modern slaves

And a lot of these slaves are being used by Western corporations while Western governments look the other way. All of the rhetoric coming from Western elites about “human rights,” “democracy,” “civil rights,” etc has about as much seriousness and legitimacy as when the ancient Egyptian rulers claimed to be descended from the sun-god.

Also, notice that in the recent uprising, despite all of the leisure class virtue-signaling that has taken place, there has been literally zero mention of American oppression of people outside the United States. Domestic oppression is only the tip of the iceberg.

By Manu Balachandran

Quartz

India is home to the largest number of enslaved people in the world.

A little over 18 million people—equal to the entire population of Chile—are victims of modern slavery in Asia’s third-largest economy, according to the Global Slavery Index (pdf), published by Australia-based human rights group Walk Free Foundation. Such persons are often engaged in domestic work, construction, farming, fishing, manual labour, forced begging, and in the sex industry.

The index defines modern slavery as a situation where “a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, abuse of power or deception, with treatment akin to a farm animal.” This also includes victims of human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, forced or servile marriage, and the sale and exploitation of children.

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