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What’s the third most lucrative illegal commodity after drugs and weapons? Human beings. Human trafficking in South Africa is real and it’s happening right now.

The shackles of the slave trade may be long gone, but tens of thousands of people in South Africa are still being subjected to modern day slavery right under our noses – and most perpetrators are getting away with it.

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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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4000 victims in Sirajganj

Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00

An estimated 4,000 jobseekers from Sirajganj have fallen prey to human trafficking through the Bay of Bengal over the last 10 months, a finding that migration activists say is just the tip of the iceberg.

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The seven-inch scar runs diagonally across the left flank of his skinny torso, a glaring reminder of an operation he hoped would save his family from debt but instead plunged him into shame.

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 A new campaign is using the dating app Tinder to bring home the brutal reality of sex trafficking in Ireland.

Specially created profiles show women in progressively more shocking poses some with signs of physical abuse.

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Human trafficking rings have flourished since the start of the Syrian conflict, with children and other victims being sold across borders into Lebanon, Egypt and other Arab countries. Some children are trafficked for sex or labor — and others, namely young men, are driven into battle.

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LABOUR and the Scottish Government have united to introduce tougher penalties for human traffickers and provide enhanced support for victims.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has adopted a member's bill by Labour MSP Jenny Marra for a Scottish anti-human trafficking strategy, with special treatment of related crime in the criminal justice system and support for survivors.

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Hong Kong under fire on human trafficking

Saturday, 22 March 2014 00:00

Hong Kong's laws on human trafficking are too narrow and fragmented to protect victims, says a report published today.

It says the city's focus on trafficking for prostitution means it is failing to address the wider problem of forced labour.

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By Waleed Abu al-Khair

A recent spate of videos showing children and teenagers in Syria attending al-Qaeda-linked training camps has raised alarm among activists and observers, who say this practice by al-Qaeda affiliates Jabhat al-Nusra and the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) exploits children and turns them into fighters.

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TOPEKA, Kansas — A Kansas assistant attorney general is urging state lawmakers to require mandatory $2,500 fines against anyone convicted of paying for sex, even if they receive diversion.
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