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A Kurdish boy who looks no older than 11 mans the entrance of a military base in northeastern Syria.

His pants drag on the ground and his shirt hangs off his bony shoulders as he stands in an ill-fitting military uniform next to a Kalashnikov automatic rifle.

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BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Reuniting Colombia’s former child soldiers with their parents is a key challenge the country faces in helping children traumatised by the war to return to civilian life, according to the head of the government’s child protection agency.

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20 ways to combat modern-day slavery

Monday, 05 August 2013 07:35

Ariel Siegel, programme manager, Somaly Mam Foundation, New York, US. @arielsiegel

Ethical businesses can play a double role in combating slavery: By following ethical labour practices especially in developing countries, businesses can create more jobs that pay living wages, which in turn reduces poverty rates.

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Government has noted media reports which allege that child prostitution is rife, and rapidly growing, in the eastern Free State region due to poverty.

The reports indicate that some parents send their daughters on to the streets to earn an income to help feed the family.

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By Guy Ryder, Special for CNN
Editor’s Note: Guy Ryder is the Director-General of the International Labour Organization. This week it is launching The Work in Freedom program, an initiative funded by the UK Department for International Development which aims to help 100,000 women and girls from Bangladesh, India and Nepal who are in forced labor in countries including Lebanon, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and India.

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This year’s U.S. State Department report on trafficking around the world, released on Wednesday, offered a more detailed critique than last year’s of “official complicity” in the trade in human beings in India.

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Sex Trafficking Thrives In City

Friday, 21 June 2013 12:56

By David Odongo

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The Nairobian has unearthed a scheme where poor teenage girls are trafficked from villages in India and Nepal to Nairobi on a tourist visa, but are then being subjected to sexual slavery by rich Asian businessmen.

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Governments across Europe are in a state of confusion and denial over the extent of forced labour within their own borders, contributing to hundreds of thousands of people remaining trapped in exploited, unpaid and dangerous working conditions, according to a new report.

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The seafood industry always has been and always will be extremely controversial.

Thailand is currently facing some political pressure after a British-based non-profit, the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), published a study Wednesday detailing cases of 15 Burmese people who work under slave-like conditions for a Thai fishing crew.

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Mayor survives 'sex slaves' censure

Friday, 31 May 2013 04:27

The mayor of the Japanese city of Osaka has survived a censure motion over his comments that Japan's sex slaves served a necessary role during World War II.

Osaka council members rejected the non-binding motion against Toru Hashimoto after a major party reversed its earlier stance and helped vote it down.

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