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In Africa, victims of forced labour often come from distinct ethnic or religious groups. In certain countries, systems of chattel slavery are in place and hundreds of thousands of people are born into slavery. Forced labour is sometimes imposed by local authorities or by militias who abduct villagers and force them to fight or work for them. Trafficking routes run throughout Africa. The International Labour Organization says there is evidence to suggest that children represent a higher proportion of forced labourers in Africa than in other parts of the world.


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