Aug. 25, 2015
The Persistence of Slavery in the Arab World (Economist-UK)
While IS’ embrace of outright slavery has been singled out for censure, forced labor for sexual and other forms of exploitation is not exceptional in the Arab world.
From Morocco, where thousands of children work as maids, to the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan where girls are forced into prostitution, to the unsanctioned rape and abuse of domestics in the Gulf, aid workers say servitude is rife.
The Global Slavery Index (GSI), computed by an Australian NGO working with Hull University, claims that of 14 states with over 1% of the population enslaved, more than half are Muslim. Prime offenders range from Mauritania to Qatar.