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Niger jails man for four years in first slavery case

NIAMEY (Reuters) - A court in the West African state of Niger has sentenced a man to four years in jail in the country's first prosecution for slavery, a magistrate said on Thursday.

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Mauritania must wipe out persistent slavery, UN watchdog says

GENEVA (Reuters) - Slavery is still being practised in Mauritania, even though the West African country made it a crime against humanity last year, a U.N. human rights watchdog said on Thursday.

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Factbox - Ten countries where slavery is most prevalent

Oct 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some 30 million people worldwide are victims of sex trafficking, debt bondage, forced labour and other forms of modern slavery, a global index on slavery showed on Thursday.

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Thirty million people are slaves, half in India - survey

LONDON, Oct 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some 30 million people are enslaved worldwide, trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labour, victims of debt bondage or even born into servitude, a global index on modern slavery showed on Thursday.

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Nearly 30 million people in slavery - index

LONDON (Reuters) - Nearly 30 million people are living in slavery across the globe, many of them men, women and children trafficked by gangs for sex work and unskilled labour, according to a global slavery index released on Thursday.