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The first time someone mentioned human trafficking to Kimberly Ritter, she had only a vague idea of what it was. "Isn't that something that happens in third-world countries?" she asked.

That was 2008.

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Halting the use of child soldiers in conflicts is just one of a series of compelling reasons for states to adopt a strong Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), Amnesty International said to mark the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers on 12 February.
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More than 70 former child soldiers, which included 24 girls, were recently registered in South Darfur for rehabilitation and reintegration. The former members of the Sudan Liberation Army / Historical Leadership (SLA/HL) were released in to the communities in 2011.

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Belarus accused of re-introducing forced labor

Thursday, 17 January 2013 10:49

Kari Tapiola chose his words carefully. So far, nobody has "formally" filed a complaint with the International Labor Organization, ILO, regarding the decree issued by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, according to the special advisor to the ILO General Secretary.

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A top United Nations official today expressed disappointment after new reports of child recruitment by armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) that had previously made commitments to stop this practice.
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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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Some 27 per cent of all victims of human trafficking officially detected around the world between 2007 and 2010 are children, up seven per cent from the period 2003 to 2006, according to a new report released yesterday by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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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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Students can help to fight modern slavery

Saturday, 17 November 2012 01:12

 The United States Agency for International Developments sponsoring a technological contest for college students to combat human trafficking.

The contest will open in late November and end in early January.

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