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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

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They've been discovered in Bethesda, MD and Vienna, VA. Women who were promised lucrative jobs in America ended up as victims of an ongoing outrage known as "human trafficking."

The numbers are chilling. The United Nations estimated that globally, up to two million women and children are "trafficked" every year, including some 50,000 who are brought into the United States. Around the world, about 27 million men, women and children are currently 21st-century slaves, generating an estimated $7 billion per year for their users.

The U.N. declared December 2 as the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. If you were investigating modern-day slavery -- or any other issue -- for school, work or personal reasons, the library makes it possible for you to find articles from thousands of newspapers, magazines and journals -- for free.

If you've ever tried to find magazine articles on the Internet, you've probably had the frustration of finding out that many publications charge a fee for accessing current or archived material. The library subscribes to services that make those articles free, and all you need in order to access them from home or work is your Fairfax County Public Library card.

To research a topic across journals, magazines, newspapers and other types of periodicals, start here.

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