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12.3 million in slavery as human trafficking expands

Catholic World News - June 30, 2010

Catholic Relief Services, the US bishops’ humanitarian agency, has drawn attention to the US State Department’s recent annual report on human trafficking, which estimates that the number of “adults and children in forced labor, bonded labor, and forced prostitution around the world” is 12.3 million. The State Department recently honored Brother Xavier Passat, a French Dominican, for his efforts to combat human trafficking in Brazil.

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