The UN’s ILO rejects claims India was being targeted by a report about modern slavery

The United Nations has defended its new global estimates on slavery after reports that India’s intelligence agency advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discredit the research, saying it may tarnish the country’s image and exports.

A report by Australian rights group Walk Free Foundation and UN bodies the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) published on 19 September found more than 40 million people across the world were victims of modern day slavery last year.

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