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What’s the third most lucrative illegal commodity after drugs and weapons? Human beings. Human trafficking in South Africa is real and it’s happening right now.

The shackles of the slave trade may be long gone, but tens of thousands of people in South Africa are still being subjected to modern day slavery right under our noses – and most perpetrators are getting away with it.

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Almost 36 million people are living as slaves across the globe with an index on Monday listing Mauritania, Uzbekistan, Haiti, Qatar and India as the nations where modern-day slavery is most prevalent.

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By Sarah McDougall

New Zealand has a low level of modern slavery but people are still being exploited and changes need to be made, a global survey has found.

"Modern slavery for us is any situation where one person deliberately takes away another person's liberty for some sort of profit or gain," Walk Free Foundation global research executive director Fiona David says.

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Former workers at Nevsun’s Bisha mine in Eritrea filed a civil claim in British Columbia’s Supreme Court on Thursday alleging that the company facilitated forced labor, “[a] form of slavery,” as well as crimes against humanity and other human rights abuses at the mine.

The plaintiffs, Gize Yebeyo Araya, Kesete Tekle Fshazion and Mihretab Yermane Tekle, are refugees who escaped from Eritrea, according to the statement of civil claim.

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Multiple faces of human trafficking

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00
The writer is a post-doctoral fellow at McGill University

The US State Department has released its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report concerning the global phenomenon of human trafficking and the resulting conditions of forced labour, which are described as modern-day slavery.

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Former warlord Bosco Ntaganda played a "key role" in ethnic crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, using child soldiers and capturing sex slaves for his rebel army, the International Criminal Court heard on Monday.

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Federal authorities say human trafficking is alive and well in New Orleans and is not just an International problem for places like Eastern Europe and Mexico.

There is now some new help in New Orleans for the victims of abduction and sex slavery and it's called the Eden House in Uptown.

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Two years ago, the documentary Chocolate's Child Slaves exposed the plight of youngsters forced to harvest the beans that make the chocolate we eat around the world. Many of the children made to work in the cocoa plantations in countries like Ivory Coast have never even tasted chocolate.

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Blood Bricks: Ending Modern Day Slavery

Monday, 27 January 2014 05:16

Oscar fever is reaching its highest pitch with the modern day masterpiece 12 Years a Slave, set during the 1840s, many peoples' tip to win best film. Yet the abominable issue of slavery is not a past-tense problem; it is very much in our midst today.

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