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U.N. denounces 'modern slavery'

THE WORLD : World in Brief / AUSTRIA

February 14, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery that must not be tolerated, a senior U.N. official said at a United Nations conference in Vienna.

About 2.5 million people are involved in forced labor as a result of trafficking, the U.N. said.

Antonio Maria Costa, head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, said: "Let's call it what it is: modern slavery."

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