WALK FREE — THE GLOBAL SLAVERY INDEX 2023
Our international team includes statisticians, criminologists, lawyers, and international development experts, working to create and agitate for mass systems change, to address the root causes of slavery.
Walk Free believes that a strong, multifaceted approach is needed to end modern slavery.
We are building a robust knowledge base to inform action, driving legislative change in key countries and harnessing the power of businesses and faiths.
Through a combination of direct implementation, grassroots community engagement, and working in partnership with faiths, businesses, academics, NGOs, and governments around the world, we work to address slavery and dismantle its core drivers.
Walk Free was established over a decade ago after Founding Director, Grace Forrest spent time living and working in Nepal at a rescue home for children who had been subjected to various forms of exploitation. It was there that Grace first witnessed the extent of the extreme and continued commodification of human beings, and soon learnt that modern slavery is one of the most profitable forms of organised crime in the world, continuing to underpin our global economy.
At the end of that same year, Walk Free was established to address the root causes of modern slavery and create systems level change.
Now for over a decade, Walk Free has studied the number of people living in modern slavery around the world. Through each edition of the Global Slavery Index, our understanding of the problem has deepened, our estimates have become more precise, and our advocacy has catalysed global efforts.
You can’t solve a problem if you can’t measure it. Knowing how and where modern slavery occurs is key to eradicating it. By compiling data about slavery’s prevalence and geographical variation, the Global Slavery Index provides an important starting point for governments, firms, NGOs, faith communities and individuals to act.
The Global Slavery Index presents a thoroughly researched, detailed picture of modern slavery as it exists across industries and countries today. It also indicates the actions governments are taking to combat modern slavery and the risks that populations face around the world.
How we do it
Walk Free uses cutting-edge prevalence estimation techniques including nationally-representative surveys in partnership with Gallup, risk-model extrapolation and multiple systems estimation to measure modern slavery globally. We also assess government responses to this issue and vulnerability structures that impact populations around the world.
- Provide the most comprehensive data on global modern slavery at a country level.
- Continue to refine our methodology to provide the most accurate modern slavery prevalence, risk and government response data.
- Use our measurement as a foundational resource for effective advocacy work.
- Hold governments accountable for their anti-slavery actions.
- Continuously improve our evidence base to close gaps in the measurement of modern slavery globally.
- Become the benchmark measure for assessment of progress towards the relevant SDG targets.