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President Barack Obama called for more international consciousness about human trafficking, from prostitution to slave labor, at an event for Bill Clinton's foundation, saying the U.S. has increased its spotlight on countries committing egregious human rights violations.

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The International Labour Organisation has almost doubled its 2005 estimate, and revealed that there are 20.9 million victims of trafficking in the world with 3.7 million being in Africa.

In parts of Africa, witchcraft is becoming increasingly linked to a modern form of slavery: human trafficking.

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Human trafficking at home in Ventura County

Thursday, 23 August 2012 05:58
By Anna Bitong

MESSY CLEANUP—The leftbehind remnants of an illegal marijuana farm discovered last year in Los Padres National Forest. According to law enforcement officials, many of the guards who protect the plants are paying off debts to the drug cartels who brought them here illegally.

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The New White Slave Trade

Sunday, 26 August 2012 10:54

For those who plan to attend the upcoming Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, FL, one of the unexpected giveaways you might be handed is a bar of soap.  It will be given by a group called SOAP (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) Outreach as part of a campaign to draw attention to the issue of sex trafficking.

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In spite of protection measures by the Guatemalan Government, many children are still victims of sexual exploitation and forced labor, a United Nations independent expert warned today.

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Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday said that host countries for migrant workers failed to protect migrant workers’ rights, deploring they lacked a strong legal framework to support  labor and recruitment policy under international human rights standards.

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The Burmese military has released 42 child soldiers from its ranks, as part of efforts to end the recruitment of underage fighters in the Southeast Asian country.

The state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper says army officials handed the children over to their parents and guardians at a ceremony in Rangoon on Monday.

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Beah, who was removed from the army after a couple of years and placed in a rehabilitation home with UNICEF help, says not enough is being done by governments to help the tens of thousands of child conscripts in militias and armies.

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JOHANNESBURG — Ishmael Beah had been orphaned and was fleeing war in his native Sierra Leone when he went to a military base seeking safety. Instead, soldiers gave the teenager a weapon and forced him to serve in one of Africa's most brutal conflicts.
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Linda Eroke writes on efforts by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Department for Equal Opportunities (DEO), Italy to rehabilitate victims of human trafficking and child labour

All over the world, trafficking in human beings has been recognised as not only a serious crime, but an abuse of individual's human rights.

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