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TASHKENT - It has emerged that a German journalist who had been reporting on child labour in Uzbek cotton fields for more than a decade has been arrested, deported and banned from the country for three years. News of the decision to deport Edda Schlager – who reportedly had no opportunity for legal defense, or even translation during her trial – arrives just a week after the EU trade body, the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament, gave the go-ahead to a textile trade deal with Uzbekistan which would, in theory, see the EU profiting from forced labour in Uzbekistan's cotton industry.

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