a child labourer cries as he is rescued during a joint operation by labour department and a non-governmental organisation in new delhi. india has some of the world’s best anti-slavery laws, better than europe, but it also has more people living in modern slavery than any other country.nearly 46 million people live under conditions of slavery across the world, with 18 million (39%) of those in india, which is home to the world’s largest number of slaves, according to 2016 global slavery index.these 18 million indians–twice the population of sweden–have lost their freedom by way of bonded and domestic labour and sexual slavery, among other means.globally, modern slavery includes child workers in african mines, deforestation crews in the amazon or people trapped in commercial sexual exploitation in europe. like the economy, slavery has also become a globalised phenomenon that generates a $150-billion industry, according to kevin bales, a professor of contemporary slavery at the university of nottingham in the united kingdom; he is also co-founder of free the slaves, a nonprofit based in the united states.in an interview with indiaspend at the 2016 falling walls conference, berlin, where he was a speaker, bales reveals it costs no more than rs 13,000 to free an indian from slavery. he explains that india has some of the best anti-slavery laws in the world and tells us h...