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27/03/2017

Slaves

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal*

ROME, Mar 27 2017 (IPS) – For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history. Slavery is, nevertheless, far from being just a chapter of the past—it still there, with estimated 21 million victims of forced labour and extreme exploitation around the world–nearly the equivalent to of the combined population of Scandinavian countries.

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Young women in Colombia forced into sexual exploitation. Credit: UNICEF/Donna DeCesare

According to the UN report 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, issued in late-December, victims of trafficking are found in 106 of 193 countries. Many of these are in conflict areas, where the crimes are not prosecuted. Women and children are among the main victims.

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