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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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