MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The report interprets the modern slavery as a form of exploitation when a person cannot refuse or leave "because of threats, violence, coercion, abuse of power or deception, with treatment akin to a farm animal."
"In 2016, we estimate that 45.8 million people are in some form of modern slavery in 167 countries," the paper said.
At the same time North Korea is the country with the biggest proportion (about 4.8 percent) of people suffering from modern slavery.
"In North Korea, there is pervasive evidence that government-sanctioned forced labour occurs in an extensive system of prison labour camps while North Korean women are subjected to forced marriage and commercial sexual exploitation in China and other neighbouring states," the report said.
Iceland and Luxembourg are the two countries with the lowest number of people facing modern slavery (less than 500 people).
The report calls on the international community to take measures aimed at eradicating the problem of modern slavery.
The Freedom Fund founded in 2013 is dedicated to fighting various forms of modern slavery. It has been publishing annual Global Slavery Index reports since 2013.