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Uzbekistan forced millions of children and adults to work in its cotton harvest this year, resulting in deaths, harrassment and extortion, a report by a human rights group said on Friday.

The Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights said the government used fewer children than in 2013 to pick this year's cotton but had used more adults instead, including teachers and doctors.

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The United States government says Ghanaian women are being forced into prostitution and forced labour in foreign countries, particularly in the Middle East.

According to the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2013, Ghanaian women migrating to the Middle East to work are forced into prostitution upon their arrival.

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German Arms Go into Child Soldiers' Hands

Sunday, 16 February 2014 04:07

Michael D, one of the former soldiers, who is currently living in Berlin told the Voice of Russia that "we were mostly deployed for attacks. We were often the first to be sent into combat and had to dodge the flurry of bullets."

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They sell their bodies on the streets or in apartments, often because they're forced to do so. The problem is well-known, its dimension is not.

"There's hardly any information on child prostitution in Germany, because we don't have the knowledge, the facts and the numbers," Mechtild Maurer, president of the Working Group for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation (ECPAT), says.

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Police in Mallorca have arrested 25 members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang on suspicion of drug trafficking, trafficking in humans, extortion and running prostitution rings. It is alleged the gang planned to launder money from its criminal activities in Germany and Turkey by building a Formula One circuit on the Spanish island.

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Despite the common view of the problem, not all, perhaps not even most, human trafficking across the world is related to prostituion. But sex trafficking is a significant enough factor -- particularly in the United States -- that it's worth considering whether legalizing and regulating prostitution might be a way of reducing cross-border trafficking.

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Snandrei is a poor village in Romania with run-down houses and muddy paths. Some 80 percent of its younger residents are unemployed, and a family can count itself lucky if it owns a garden to grow potatoes and vegetables.

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After years of dispute, Germany's center-right governing coalition has agreed to enact tougher penalties for human trafficking and forced prostitution.

According to SPIEGEL information, members of the coalition -- made up of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), and the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) -- say that an agreement over an appropriate set of regulations has nearly been reached.

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IKEA has expressed regret that it benefited from the use of forced prison labour by some of its suppliers in communist East Germany more than two decades ago.
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BERLIN (AP) — Swedish furniture giant Ikea will release a report this week addressing claims it benefited from forced labor in communist East Germany, the company and victims groups said Monday.

The report by independent auditors Ernst & Young looks into allegations that Ikea used East German suppliers who employed prisoners — some of whom were political dissidents — to manufacture goods for its stores from the 1960s to 1980s.

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