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Lawmaker in India's Goa charged with buying, drugging and raping teen girl

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A lawmaker in India's beach state of Goa has been charged with buying, drugging and raping a 16-year-old girl in a case which will be closely watched by anti-slavery activists as the country moves to crackdown on human trafficking.

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Indian teenager escapes debt bondage, says employer burned his legs

CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Marimuthu, a south Indian teenager, had no idea the debt bondage he was pushed into last year would lead to serious burns on his legs, forcing him to escape his abusive employer and seek hospital treatment.

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Indian capital plans to help trafficking victims with training, jobs

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Authorities in the Indian capital plan to set up a programme to help rescued victims of human trafficking through training and work placements, the first part of the country to do so, a government statement said.

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Indian capital plans to help trafficking victims with training, jobs

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Authorities in the Indian capital plan to set up a programme to help rescued victims of human trafficking through training and work placements, the first part of the country to do so, a government statement said.

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Sex workers in India want prostitution to become legal

Sex workers in India just want to earn a livelihood without the risks of arrests and detention.

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Climate change pushes India's poorest children into slavery - Satyarthi

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Disasters resulting from climate change are pushing poor Indian families into poverty so deep that they are lured by traffickers into selling their children into bonded labour or prostitution, Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said on Thursday.

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Indian police find hundreds of child slaves making bangles - media

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of Indian children trafficked and enslaved to make bangles have been rescued by police in a series of early morning raids in the southern city of Hyderabad, local NDTV news channel reported on Friday.

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Mauritanian anti-slavery leader jailed over November protest

NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - The losing candidate in Mauritania's presidential election was jailed for two years on Thursday along with two other people who had organised a march against slavery, their defence lawyer said.

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Pope urges united fight against slavery, human trafficking

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged people of all religions and cultures on Thursday to unite to fight modern slavery and human trafficking, saying in his first Mass of 2015 that everyone had a God-given right to be free.

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Thai PM vows to fight human trafficking in sex trade, fishing industry

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has vowed to crackdown on human trafficking in the sex trade and fishing industry in 2015 and punish any public officials involved after international criticism of Thailand's failure to tackle the crime.