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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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Almost 36 million people are living as slaves across the globe with an index on Monday listing Mauritania, Uzbekistan, Haiti, Qatar and India as the nations where modern-day slavery is most prevalent.

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Washington D.C., Jul 12, 2013 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).-A State department official has testified before Congress explaining that China, Russia and Uzbekistan have not made adequate progress in addressing human trafficking in recent years.
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WASHINGTON - The United States may impose sanctions against China and Russia after a study found the two countries among the worst nations in fighting human trafficking.

Uzbekistan and Iran share with Russia the lowest possible rating from the US State Department in its annual report on human trafficking around the world.

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(Washington) – The United States government’s decision to downgrade Uzbekistan in a human trafficking ranking based on its use of forced and child labor sends a powerful message of support to the millions of Uzbeks forced to pick the country’s cotton crop.

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WASHINGTON -- Uzbekistan and Russia have received the lowest possible rating from the U.S. State Department in its annual report on human trafficking around the world.

Along with Iran, the two countries received failing marks from Washington because their governments have not addressed -- and have no concrete plans to address -- the problem.

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Cotton exporters using child labor

Thursday, 21 February 2013 14:39

Conscientious consumers are credited with driving change in forced child labor practices inside one of the world's most repressive regimes: Uzbekistan.

But while progress has been made, the fight is far from over.

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Thailand, Myanmar fight human trafficking

Saturday, 16 June 2012 01:02
By Thanapat Kitjakosol
The Nation/Asia News Network
Friday, Jun 15, 2012

Thailand and Myanmar's joint effort to tackle human-trafficking is continuing with Yangon establishing more anti-human trafficking centres along border towns such as Myawaddy and Koh Song.

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By Ernest Petrosyan, Thursday, June 21
Georgia is a source for, a transit point, and destination country for women and girls subjected to sex trafficking and men and women subjected to conditions of forced labor, says the US Department of State report on human trafficking.
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Human trafficking in Uzbekistan

Monday, 06 August 2012 13:54

An unidentified man stands accused of human trafficking in Quetta, Pakistan in 2009. Pakistan officials arrested the culprit after 46 dead bodies were found crammed into a truck container, an official said.
(Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images)
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