It is almost impossible to imagine, but nearly 30 million people around the world are slaves.
That’s about the size of the population of Texas (our country's second-most populous state after California). Almost twice the number of people who watched the NBA Finals last year.
In its ranking of 162 countries around the world, human rights group Walk Free Foundation tallied the number of people who are in forced marriages, sold and exploited children, descent-based slavery and those who have been placed under debt bondage.
Read TakePart's story about what becoming a slave meant for one woman.
Slaves are taken for prostitution and sexual exploitation. They are forced to do undesirable work for long hours without pay. They even have their organs harvested.
Taken together, the following 10 countries are home to 76 percent of all slaves on earth.