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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