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By Siddharth Kara, Special to CNN

Editor’s Note: Trafficking expert Siddharth Kara is a Harvard fellow and author of the award-winning book, "Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery." For more than 15 years, he has traveled around the world to research modern-day slavery, interviewing thousands of former and current slaves. Kara also advises the United Nations and governments on anti-slavery research and policy.
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Japan is not only a transit point for people involved in the sex and labor trafficking industry, but it is also a source of victims for more then 10 years, activists say.

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A French soldier and an African Union peacekeeper from Burundi participate in a joint patrol, in the Galabadja district of Bangui, Central African Republic, on Saturday, January 4. While insecurity continued to reign in many areas of the city, certain neighborhoods were tentatively reopening and some residents returning, at least during daylight hours.
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"Such a move will fuel huge sex-trafficking as those who buy and sell women will get off scot free," said Apne Aap Founder, Ruchira Gupta.

"The UN Women note and the UNAIDS reccommendations are in violation of agreed upon protocols and conventions that India and other member sates of the UN are party to.

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The United Nations is furious over recent reports of execution, child soldiers and slavery, and sexual terrorism by the hands of the Congolese army. The military is accused as corrupt, while breaching human rights and fueling the civil war in the Congo.

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Thein Htut Oo has the Burmese word for “mother” tattooed on his right bicep and “father” on his left. Like young men the world over, he got the tattoos while serving in the military, in this case Myanmar’s military.

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UNICEF says children are being brutalized in Central African Republic. It says at least 16 children have been killed since early December, including two beheadings.

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Children in CAR have been both targeted and caught in the crossfire since the eruption of communal violence.

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Plights of maids hired by diplomats

Monday, 23 December 2013 21:02

WASHINGTON- For three months, Ms Marichu Baoanan said she worked nearly 18-hour days cooking and cleaning in the New York home of Mr Lauro Baja, when he was the Philippines ambassador to the United Nations.

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SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Thirteen human-trafficking victims in Costa Rica this year were taken for their organs, according to a report on crime in the country that gives new life to an ongoing organ trafficking scandal unfolding in the country.

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Mira Sorvino. Pic: AP.

By Michelle Tolson

WHEN U.S. actress Mira Sorvino came to Cambodia last week, a series of stories were released on “ending modern-day slavery.”  Sorvino accompanied the CNN Freedom Project, having experience as United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador Against Human Trafficking to assist the project and keep a journal.

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