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Modern-day slavery persists the world over
Modern-day slavery persists the world over

NEW DELHI — When Savita Debnath was 14, two unknown men came to her impoverished village in eastern India, promising her a job cleaning houses for $40 a month in nearby Kolkata. When she got there, agents forced her onto a train to New Delhi and sold her. The buyers were a family that abused her and forced her to work long days cooking, cleaning, caring for two young children and preparing for parties without pay or being allowed to contact her family. "I worked from 6 a.m. until midnight or 1 a.m.," said Savita, now 15 and freed from her bondage. "When a dish burned, she slapped me many times. I'd cry for my mother, but the mistress ignored me." A report released Thursday by...

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