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The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery marks the date of adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others. This briefing sets out current data on the estimated scale of modern slavery across the world, and summarises current international and domestic efforts to tackle specific aspects of modern slavery. 


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