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Feature Stories


Escaping the bonds of human trafficking: Pamela’s Story
Escaping the bonds of human trafficking: Pamela’s Story
The trafficking of human beings is one of the world’s most lucrative businesses, generating billions of dollars while destroying millions of lives. OHCHR’s UN Fund for Contemporary Forms of Slavery provides legal, social and psychological assistance to thousands of people subjected to human trafficking for forced labour and sexual exploitation.
28 July 2017
Traditional slavery: Said and Yarg’s story
Traditional slavery: Said and Yarg’s story
Brothers Said and Yarg both inherited the status of ‘slave’. They had no choice but to obey their master’s orders and were not allowed to go to school. They were also frequently subject to beatings. They were eventually able to escape and with the assistance of two anti-slavery organisations, they have been able to pursue legal action against their former master and begin their schooling.
16 January 2015
Domestic servitude: Jonalyn’s story
Domestic servitude: Jonalyn’s story
The UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery supports organisations that seek out and assist people in domestic servitude including medical care, basic needs assistance, trauma counselling and legal aid to rebuild their lives.
30 December 2014
Child domestic servitude: This is Johanne’s story
Child domestic servitude: This is Johanne’s story
When she was nine years old Johanne became a child domestic slave. Forbidden to go to school, instead she was abused and spent her days cooking, cleaning and carrying water in 20 litre buckets, from the communal well, up the hill to her house.
26 December 2014
Forced and early marriage: the story of Maysoun, a child bride
Forced and early marriage: the story of Maysoun, a child bride
Maysoun was forced to marry at the age of 15. She was exploited, abused and when she fell ill, her husband left her. Although deeply traumatized by her experiences, Maysoun eventually recovered with the specialized assistance provided by a local non-governmental organization financially supported by the UN Slavery Fund and was able to restart her life.
24 November 2014
Sex trafficking: Maria’s story
Sex trafficking: Maria’s story
The UN Slavery Fund supports a number of NGOs, which rescue and assist victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation and offer specialized support in the reconstruction of their lives.
10 November 2014
Modern slavery: victims
Modern slavery: victims' rehabilitation depends on the UN Trust Fund's financial sustainability
The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery is facing a dramatic decrease in annual voluntary contributions, which impacts on its ability to assist victims of modern slavery.
12 September 2013
Not a single girl should be forced to marry - UN experts
Not a single girl should be forced to marry - UN experts
The first International Day of the Girl Child denounces a slavery-like reality for victims of forced marriages worldwide.
12 October 2012
20 years of fighting modern slavery
20 years of fighting modern slavery
Over 27 million people, including boys and girls, live their lives every day in slavery or slavery-like conditions despite continued efforts to end slavery.
15 December 2011
No future for enslaved children working in mines and quarries
No future for enslaved children working in mines and quarries
The Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery presents her report on child slavery in the artisanal mining and quarry sector to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
23 September 2011
In remembrance of 30 million victims of slavery
In remembrance of 30 million victims of slavery
On 25 March, people the world over remember the 30 million victims of the slave trades
25 March 2011

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