Obama outlines steps to fight human trafficking

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President Barack Obama called human trafficking nothing more than “modern slavery,” outlining new steps on today to combat the exploitation of workers and children in the United States and abroad.

Obama said in an address to the Clinton Global Initiative that he was not using the term of “slavery” lightly, noting that it evoked a painful past for America. But he said the U.S. and international community need to step up efforts to help more than 20 million victims of human trafficking around the globe, calling it an “injustice” and an “outrage.”

Human trafficking, Obama said, “must be called by its true name: modern slavery.”

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Bill Clinton and Barack Obama

Obama outlines steps to fight human trafficking

Updated