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A need for greater legislative clarity, implementation and enforcement by the Member States

(Photo cred : University of Hull) Introduction This article discusses the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery on country visits, critiquing the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially women, and children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Palermo Protocol). Furthermore, it will address the implementation of International policy objectives within National Legal Frameworks of Ghana, and Mauritania as country visits of the UN Special Rapporteur set out to combat contemporary forms of slavery, due to a specific focus on sexual exploitation; albeit the fact there are other forms of exploitation

Hidden in plain sight, the face of modern slavery

(Photo cred: Times Higher Education) Slavery, as an institution, was abolished by most countries over a century ago, but bonded and forced labour, trafficking and exploitation persist in almost all parts of the globe, including the United Kingdom. About 150 years after most countries banned slavery – Brazil was the last to abolish its participation in the transatlantic slave trade, in 1888 – millions of men, women and children are still enslaved. Contemporary slavery takes many forms; from women forced into prostitution to child slavery in agriculture supply chains or whole families working for nothing to pay off generational debts. Slavery thrives on every continent and in almost every coun