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Monday, September 19, 2011

Modern Slavery News Round-Up

A report by the UN children’s agency encourages greater school enrollment for girls, as well as vocational training for girls who drop out of school, in order to reduce the staggering 53.9% rate of child marriage across the Indian state of West Bengal. “Evidence shows that educated girls grow into agents of change for their families, communities and societies as a whole,” said Lori Calvo, head of the UNICEF field office there.

Indian circuses have emerged as a major trafficking destination for Nepalese children. Aid groups are working to recover hundreds of children as young as five from the physical and sexual abuse that often characterizes the youngsters’ time in India.
Many people in the U.S. believe that the problem of domestic violence and broken family structures only affect the immediate family. They also believe that pimping is the responsibility of the individual and fail to understand the factors that contribute to the choice. However, sexual exploitation and trade are no longer the problem of a pimp and his family alone. It is becoming a serious problem for the U.S. society as a whole.

British authorities recently rescued 24 men that they said were kept as slaves – some for as long as 15 years. The men, from England and parts of Eastern Europe, are "all believed to be victims of slavery," police said. So, how big a problem is slavery in Europe? CNN's Max Foster talks to Anti-Slavery International's Aidan McQuade about the fight against modern-day slavery there and around the world.

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