ILO defends modern-slavery figures sought to be discredited by India

The International Labour Organisation has defended its statistics on modern slavery in the Asia-Pacific, after reports that the Intelligence Bureau had advised the Prime Minister’s office to discredit them, for fear that they may affect India’s exports. The ILO’s report on global estimates of modern slavery states that the Asia-Pacific region has the highest share of victims, accounting for 73 per cent of victims of forced sexual exploitation, 68 per cent of those forced to work by state authorities, 64 per cent of those in forced labour exploitation, and 42 per cent of all those in forced marriages. While the report doesn’t provide country-specific data and findings, subsequent research has shown that Indian has the largest number of modern slaves in the world.