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World Day of Social Justice: UN urges world community to end human trafficking and forced labour
This year the World Day of Social Justice, February 20, is being observed with the theme of "Ending human trafficking and forced labour". According to UN's International Labour Organization (ILO), forced labour's external link takes different forms, including debt bondage, trafficking and other forms of modern slavery and efforts need to be mounted to check these human rights violation.
"The victims (of human trafficking and forced labour) are the most vulnerable - women and girls forced into prostitution, migrants trapped in debt bondage, and sweatshop or farm workers kept there by clearly illegal tactics and paid little or nothing," informs ILO while urging the world community to give new impetus to the global fight against forced labour, including trafficking in persons and slavery-like practices. The international instruments providing specific guidance on effective measures to be taken to eliminate all forms of forced labour have been circulated to various governments.

According to the UN, social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nation to promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants and remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

ILO has also stressed the need for fair globalization to make the goals of full and productive employment and decent work for all, including for women and young people, with greater respect for human dignity and global prosperity for fulfill ling the needs and hopes of peoples, families and communities worldwide, says Juan Somavia, Director-General, ILO.

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