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UN: 50 million people worldwide are victims of forced marriage or slavery

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Petar Gramatikov
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Dr. Petar Gramatikov is the Editor in Chief and Director of The European Times. He is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Reporters. Dr. Gramatikov has more than 20 years of Academic experience in different institutions for higher education in Bulgaria. He also examined lectures, related to theoretical problems involved in the application of international law in religious law where a special focus has been given to the legal framework of New Religious Movements, freedom of religion and self-determination, and State-Church relations for plural-ethnic states. In addition to his professional and academic experience, Dr. Gramatikov has more than 10 years Media experience where he hold a positions as Editor of a tourism quarterly periodical “Club Orpheus” magazine – “ORPHEUS CLUB Wellness” PLC, Plovdiv; Consultant and author of religious lectures for the specialized rubric for deaf people at the Bulgarian National Television and has been Accredited as a journalist from “Help the Needy” Public Newspaper at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

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50 million or 1 in 150 people on the planet is a victim of modern slavery or forced marriage, according to a UN report. The research shows that 10 million more people are subject to forced labor than 5 years ago, mostly in rich countries.

Slavery is not unique to poor countries and is a growing challenge due to armed conflicts, climate change and pandemics, the International Labor Organization report said.

The report considers both forced labor and forced marriage as slavery – in both situations the person cannot escape because of threats, violence, fraud, abuse of power. Over 27.5 million people worldwide are forced to work, including 3.3 million children.

Half of minors are in the business of sexual exploitation, reports the UN report. Another 22 million people are in forced marriage – over two-thirds of them are women, many of the victims are under 15 when they marry.

The rise in victims of modern slavery is due to a mix of factors that increase poverty. The Covid-19 pandemic has cut off incomes, armed conflicts are leading to the recruitment of child soldiers, and climate change is forcing people to leave their homelands.

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