Nicholas A. Christakis
+ Your AuthorsArchive @NAChristakis Sterling Professor of Social & Natural Science at Yale. Physician. Author of Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society. Luckily wed @ErikaChristakis Apr. 16, 2019 1 min read

Today, there are 40.3 million slaves on the planet. Today. And the locations of slaves are visible via satellite imagery. Via ⁦@bigthink https://bigthink.com/technology-innovation/modern-slavery-uncovered-by-satellites 

For those only aware of or focused on slavery in the past: In 1981 [sic], Mauritania became last country to abolish slavery. But the number of slaves has been estimated to be 43,000 (or 1.0% of the population) and possibly up to 600,000 (or 17%!) in 2015.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_Mauritania 

If you want to know more about how the institution of slavery actually works, in 2019 [sic]!, in countries throughout the world (in Africa and Asia especially), see this remarkable book by @achoifitz  https://www.amazon.com/What-Slaveholders-Think-Contemporary-Perpetrators/dp/0231181825/ 

Your periodic reminder that there is slavery in the world today, not just in the past: Nigerian 'torture house': Kaduna school was 'like hellfire'  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-49869804 


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