Slavery, though legally abolished, remains widespread in current forms, UN reports

Slavery may have been legally abolished around the world, but it remains “a widespread and deeply rooted component of contemporary life,” ranging from human trafficking to child labour to sexual servitude to bonded service, according to the first-ever comparative analysis published by the United Nations.

Financial crisis could drive more people into slave-like conditions, Ban warns

Slavery was formally abolished two centuries ago, but some 27 million people are still victims of the scourge, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, warning that the current global economic turmoil could aggravate the situation.

New strategy aims to help victims of sexual exploitation committed by UN staff

As part of further efforts by the United Nations to enforce its “zero tolerance” policy for sexual exploitation and abuse, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has put forward a draft strategy on assistance and support to victims of such behaviour by UN staff and related personnel, including recommendations for medical care and child maintenance.

Progress made against sexual exploitation but more to do: UN peacekeeping head

“Significant progress” has been made in dealing with incidences of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by United Nations peacekeepers, but much more needs to be done, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping said today, calling for more support from Member States.

Additional staff needed to stop sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping – UN report

With a United Nations General Assembly committee having approved a strategy to eliminate future sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is requesting funding to hire the extra employees necessary to ensure compliance with tightened regulations for conduct.

New initiatives by Asian countries seek to cut demand for child sexual exploitation – UNICEF

Three years after Asian countries committed themselves to fighting the commercial sexual exploitation of children, new initiatives in the region are leading the way in countering the scourge, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.

UNICEF documents sexual exploitation of children at German-Czech border

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today announced the publication of a report on child prostitution in the German-Czech border area detailing what it called a "harrowing" problem involving the exploitation of at least 500 boys and girls.

UN rights expert to visit Brazil to investigate sexual exploitation of children

A United Nations advocate for children's rights will visit Brazil next month, at the invitation of the Government, to assess whether youngsters are being sold and sexually exploited.

Yokohama forum renews commitment to combat sexual exploitation of children

The Second World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children concluded its work in Yokohama today after approving a key document, which reinforced pledges made five years ago to undertake concrete initiatives in the fight against the global trade in child sex.