Twenty-one million people enslaved across world

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It's time to eradicate modern day slavery. © Unicef/HQ11-2242/Dormino

Twenty-one million women, men and children are trapped in slavery all over the world according to the United Nations.

To help eradicate contemporary forms of slavery, the global community is on Tuesday marking the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

Modern forms of slavery include human trafficking, sexual exploitation, child labour, forced marriage, and the recruitment of children in armed conflict.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that globally, one child out of every six works.

Meanwhile the International Labor Organization (ILO) says forced labour in the private economy generates US$150 billion in illegal profits per year.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on governments, civil society and the private sector to unite to do the utmost for the millions of victims throughout the world who are deprived of their human rights and dignity.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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