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Global Sisters Report: The Commission for Social Development, the U.N. body charged with supporting and monitoring global development progress, met Jan. 29-Feb. 7.
As long as wars and conflicts rage, "trafficking in persons for sexual exploitation, forced labor and similar crimes will continue to flourish," said the Vatican's nuncio to the United Nations.
A capacity crowd listened to a former captive of the Islamic State, U.N. ambassadors and leaders of aid organizations at a conference organized by the Vatican.
Global Sisters Report: The U.N.'s upcoming World Day against Trafficking in Persons July 30 may prompt renewed debate over prostitution, which divides advocacy groups.