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New U.N. role needed to fight human trafficking in conflict - experts

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - People displaced by war across the world are at heightened risk of human trafficking due to gaps in the United Nations' response, campaigners said on Monday, calling for the creation of a new U.N. office to fight modern slavery.

World

Mauritania stifling jailed anti-slavery activists - U.N. experts

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.N. human rights officials accused the Mauritanian government on Wednesday of stifling anti-slavery campaigners jailed for up to 15 years for their alleged role in protests against forced eviction in the capital.

World

Mauritania intensifies crackdown on anti-slavery activists, says campaigner

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mauritanian anti-slavery activists jailed last month have been tortured in detention and transferred to a remote desert location in an "intensification of repression" by the state, a leading campaigner said.

World

India's deadly floods raise risk of women, children being sold into slavery

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women and children in India's flood-hit eastern region are at risk of being preyed upon by human traffickers and sold into slavery in middle class homes, restaurants and shops, and even brothels, aid workers warned on Friday.

World

High risk of modern slavery in nearly 60 percent of countries, global index finds

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 60 percent of countries are at high risk of using slave labour in their supply chains, according to a new global index launched on Thursday, which also ranked North Korea as having the worst record of slave labour in the world.

World

North Korea sends 'state-sponsored slaves' to Europe - rights group

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - North Korea has sent hundreds of workers to labour as "state-sponsored slaves" in EU nations as Pyongyang seeks to circumvent international sanctions aimed at starving it of money over its nuclear weapons programme, rights campaigners said on Wednesday.

Nation

Nur Jazlan: Irresponsible employers affecting foreign worker policies

SUBANG: The Government will not fully lift the freeze on hiring new foreign workers until irresponsible employers change their attitude towards the welfare of their migrant workers.

World

Almost 46 million people trapped in slavery with North Korea, India key offenders - global index

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 46 million people are living as slaves globally with the greatest number in India but the highest prevalence in North Korea, according to the third Global Slavery Index launched on Tuesday with Australian actor Russell Crowe.

AseanPlus News

More than 45 million trapped in modern slavery

Sydney (AFP) - More than 45 million men, women and children globally are trapped in modern slavery, far more than previously thought, with two-thirds in the Asia-Pacific, a study showed Tuesday.

Nation

129,000 trapped in slavery in Malaysia, study finds

PETALING JAYA: Almost 46 million across the world are trapped in modern slavery, with 129,000 people in Malaysia enslaved, a study shows.