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Nearly 150 years have passed since Congress ratified the 13th Amendment. Yet a modern form of slavery still plagues our nation and world.

Today, it is estimated that 21 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, May 20 2013 (IPS) - In contravention of international law, in Brazil trafficking in human beings remains invisible and unpunished, which encourages the practice of trafficking for sexual exploitation, forced labour, illegal adoption and the trade in human organs, according to experts.

Local laws punish drug trafficking more severely than human trafficking. The sale of drugs carries penalties of between five and 15 years, while trafficking of persons for sexual exploitation is punished with a maximum sentence of eight years, with work release allowed.

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BRUSSELS - The economic crisis is leading to a rise in the number of people being trafficked for sex, hard labour or organ donation, the EU commission said Monday (15 April,) but the vast majority of member states have failed to implement an anti-trafficking law.

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The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) said about 80 percent of the victims who sought help from the Philippine government's human trafficking hotline 1343 were repatriated to the country.
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NEW YORK—Organ transplant medicine is an incredible life-saving technology, under the right circumstances. Unfortunately, due to a shortage of available organs, a new crime of the 21st century, organ trafficking, is supplying organs to people with the money to pay big dollars for a new life.

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Good afternoon, Mr. Chairman, and thank you for the invitation to testify today. I also want to thank the Commission for its continued leadership in the U.S. Government’s efforts to combat modern day slavery, and in particular for shining a light on the problem of human trafficking for forced labor as a human rights violation.

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Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 6 / Trend K. Zarbaliyeva /

According to the International Labour Organisation's information, as of 2012, around 21 million people in the world are victims of forced labour and sexual exploitation, of which about two million people fall to the countries of Eastern and Western Europe and the CIS, U.S.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Younger and younger girls are being dragged into prostitution because of the global economic crisis, a conference on women's rights was told on Wednesday.

About 21 million people - or three out of 1,000 people globally - are in forced labor, meaning they have been coerced or deceived into jobs which they cannot leave, figures released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) this year showed.

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Slavery beyond the sex trade

Thursday, 29 November 2012 15:21

LONDON (TrustLaw) - In Haiti, it's the little girl who is kept home from school and forced to clean her sister's house or else be beaten with electric cables.

Thousands of miles away in India, it's the shy, young woman left at the mercy of an agent who finds her a job as a maid but takes her earnings.

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GENEVA – Suriname and Switzerland topped the list of the top destinations for Brazilian victims of human trafficking, according to Brazil’s Ministry of Justice.

Of the 475 Brazilians – the majority of whom were female – trafficked between 2005-2011, 337 were forced into the sex trade.

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