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U.S. Says Uzbekistan, Russia, Iran Worst For Human Trafficking

Author: Heather Maher, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Published on: 20 June 2013

Uzbekistan and Russia have received the lowest possible rating from the U.S. State Department in its annual report on human trafficking around the world...[a]long with Iran...Secretary of State John Kerry said ..."we're going to keep engaging with governments on this issue, because modern-day slavery affects every country in the world...every government is responsible for dealing with it, and no government is yet doing enough."...[S]ome 1 million people in [Russia] are exposed to "exploitative" labor conditions, including the withholding of documents, nonpayment for services, physical abuse, and extremely poor living conditions... In Uzbekistan...internal labor trafficking remains prevalent during the annual cotton harvest, in which children and adults are victims of government-organized forced labor... Internal trafficking of children is rife in Afghanistan, said the report, which documents their forced labor in the brick- and carpet-making industries, as domestic servants, beggars, sex slaves, and drug mules.

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