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Girl working among other children outside a shop in an Angkor temple in the Seam Reap province. She is carving leather to produce beautiful works used for Shadow Puppetry or sold to tourists that visit the Angkor temples. Child labor in Cambodia is still very common. Girl working among other children outside a shop in an Angkor temple in the Seam Reap province. She is carving leather to produce works used for Shadow Puppetry or sold to tourists that visit the Angkor temples. Child labor in Cambodia is still very common.

Sadly, modern-day slavery is a reality in many parts of the world, even though the United States and other Western democracies outlawed the evil practice 150 years ago or more. More than 40 million people are presently bonded under modern-day slavery, according to the United Nations’ latest estimates. Nearly 25 million are forced laborers. One of every four is a child. These gut-wrenching figures leave no doubt that more can and should be done to eliminate the wretched practice, wherever it exists.

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