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Hi, this is Pip. Today, we’re hearing about the dramatic rise in people forced into modern slavery last year as a result of overlapping crises, from Covid-19 to conflict. We’re also covering the opening of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday, which got underway with grim warnings of mounting violations in Afghanistan, Myanmar and Russia.

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Almost one in eight of all those in forced labour are children. (Keystone/EPA)

Global crises fuel rise in modern slavery, report finds. Millions more people have been forced into modern slavery over the last five years, new figures show, as overlapping crises such as Covid and armed conflicts have left countries and their populations more vulnerable to being exploited. According to a new report released on Monday, an estimated 50 million people were victims of forced labour and forced marriage in 2021 – an increase of 25 per cent since 2016.

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