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Human trafficking cases hit a 13-year record high, according to new UN report – women and girls remain the top form of trafficking in Southern Africa

The latest Global Report On Trafficking In Persons, released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at UN headquarters in New York, shows a record-high number of cases detected but also the largest recorded conviction rate of traffickers. “The report was undertaken for a simple reason: if we want to succeed in confronting human trafficking in all its manifestations, we must better understand its scope and structure,” said Yury Fedotov,
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Sierra Leone Declares National Emergency Over Rape of Young Girls

LONDON — Amid growing outrage over the rape of a 5-year-old girl, the president of Sierra Leone declared sexual violence a national emergency, vowing that sex with minors would be punishable by life in prison. Cases of rape and sexual abuse are spiraling up in the West African country, which is still reeling from a civil war and an Ebola outbreak that killed thousands of people. Seventy percent of survivors