While the nation's richest and most powerful continue to enjoy the unparalleled fruits of a "New Guilded Age"-including those who have "yachts that have tiny yachts inside" them-a new report reveals that an estimated 400,000 people living in the United States live under forced servitude characterized as nothing less than "modern slavery".
North Korea has the highest prevalence of modern slavery globally, with one in 10 of the population, or 2.6 million people, victims of modern slavery.
Walk Free notes that, because of the changes to its methodology, the national slavery figures are not comparable with previous editions of the Global Slavery Index.
The Index defines modern slavery as an umbrella term that refers to "situations of exploitation that a person can not refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, abuse of power, or deception".
Walk Free Foundation says the reason for the dramatic increases in its slavery estimates for some countries is that the latest report uses far more data sources than previously.
India was home to the largest total number with an estimated 18.4 million slaves among its 1.3 billion population, according to the Walk Free Foundation's 2016 index.
The 10 countries with the largest number of absolute numbers of people in modern slavery include India, China, Pakistan, North Korea, Nigeria, Iran, Indonesia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Russia and the Philippines.
The Global Slavery Index is published annually by the Walk Free Foundation.
During the research, they conducted interviews with 50 North Korean defectors, all but one of whom said they had been subjected to conditions that met the worldwide legal definition of "forced labour", according to the index.
"These people simply were born in the wrong place, and that's why they're being punished for - their birthplace", said Park, who has founded a group help North Korean trafficking victims. "Even now, there are 300,000 North Korean defectors in China, and 90% of them are being trafficked". "We are the consumers". In the U-S, the report finds over 400-thousand modern slaves. Sexual exploitation, forced labor, and forced marriage are all considered as modern slavery based on this definition.
Ms Amanda Mortwedt Oh of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, an organisation not affiliated with the research, said she was curious why the 2018 estimate was more than double a 2016 Global Slavery Index estimate.
The report also argues the USA figures are in themselves deceptive because the U.S. exacerbates the global slavery problem by importing products, including laptops, computers, mobile phones, garments, fish, cocoa and timber, at risk of being produced through forced labour.
The group recommends making forced marriage illegal, creating a minimum marriage age of 18, a national database of trafficking and forced labour cases, and working to improve supply-chain transparency to help bring the United States numbers down. The report noted gaps in data from Arab states, as well as a lack of information on organ trafficking and the recruitment of children by armed groups.