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News Summary: Mauritania, Haiti top slavery index

The Associated Press

GRIM RANKINGS: Mauritania, Haiti and Pakistan top rankings of countries with the highest prevalence of modern slavery, according to a new global index released Thursday by an anti-slavery charity.

RANGE OF PRACTICES: The "Global Slavery Index" report by the Walk Free Foundation ranked 162 countries by estimating the number of people in each nation affected by a range of practices including forced and bonded labor, human trafficking, forced marriages, and the use of children in the military.

AUSTRALIAN MAGNATE: Walk Free Foundation was founded last year by Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest. Its index was endorsed by leaders including former U.S. Secretary Hillary Clinton, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates.