Qatar country with fourth highest rate of slavery: NGO (

November 20, 2014

Qatar was ranked fourth in a global ranking of countries where slavery is most prevalent, a rights group said on Monday.

The Walk Free Foundation, an Australian-based human rights group, estimated in its global index that almost 36 million people are living as slaves across the globe, and listed Mauritania, Uzbekistan, Haiti, Qatar and India as the nations where modern-day slavery is most prevalent.

Qatar relies heavily on migrants to build its mega-projects, including soccer stadiums for the 2022 World Cup. The tiny Gulf state has come under scrutiny by rights groups over its treatment of migrant workers, most from Asia, who come to toil on construction sites, oil projects, or work as domestic help.

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