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Global Slavery Index: India Has Highest Number of Slaves at 18.4 Million

Daily News and Analysis, India, 5/31/2016

Almost 46 million people are living as slaves globally with the greatest number in India but the highest prevalence of slavery in North Korea, according to the third Global Slavery Index released on May 31, 2016. The index by Walk Free Foundation increased the estimate of people born into servitude, trafficked for sex work, or trapped in debt bondage or forced labour in the world to 45.8 million from 35.8 million in 2014. Incidences of slavery were found in all 167 countries in the index, with India home to the largest total number with an estimated 18.4 million slaves among its 1.3 billion populations.

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Nauru Legalises Homosexuality, Criminalises Marital Rape And Slavery

The Huffington Post, Nauru, 5/31/2016

The tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru has legalised homosexuality, replacing its century-old criminal code with a new law that also criminalises slavery and broadens the definition of rape to apply to married and unmarried couples. In addition, the Crimes Act 2016 also decriminalises suicide. Nauru announced on May 27, 2016 that the Crimes Act 2016 would replace the Nauruan Criminal Code of 1899. The Government’s decision to decriminalise homosexuality and suicide - in compliance with obligations under international treaties - showed ‘progressive leadership’.

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Pune’s Gay Rights Group to Host Queer Play Readings

The Times of India - Pune, India, 5/31/2016

The city's queer community will host play reading sessions of two of its recently censored plays, Freddy and Purushottam , for the first time in the month of June. Freddy, which has received a censor certificate the last week of May, 2016 after 14 cuts, is a black comedy about masculinity that is prevalent in Bollywood. Purushottam, cleared by the Rangbhoomi Prayog Parinirikshan Mandal (State Theatre Censor Board) in the year 2015, had four cuts, due to explicit content, cuss words and sexual similes and metaphors.

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How Child Sexual Abuse Became a Family Business in The Philippines

The Guardian, Philippines, 5/30/2016

The United Nations says, there are tens of thousands of children believed to be involved in a rapidly expanding local child abuse industry already worth US$1bn. In some areas, entire communities live off the business, abetted by increasing internet speeds, advancing camera phone technology, and growing ease of money transfers across borders. And while perpetrators download photos and videos to their hard drives – providing authorities with a virtual paper trail and usable evidence – criminals are finding anonymity in encrypted live-streaming programs.

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Proposed Anti-Trafficking Law Makes Rehabilitation a Right

The Times of India - New Delhi, India, 5/30/2016

The draft anti-trafficking bill is an omnibus legislation that addresses investigation of inter-country trafficking, provides for rehabilitation as a victim's right and commits government funds for the purpose. Unveiled by Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, the bill introduces economic penalties like seizure of property and new offences like administering drugs or alcohol to victims, injecting of chemical substances or hormones for exploitation and registration of placement agencies. Trafficking is the third largest organised crime in the world and the bill, made public for consultation, envisages an investigating agency along the lines of CBI to tackle human trafficking from across the borders.

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