The UN committee on the Rights of the Child has said the Catholic Church has not yet taken measures to prevent a repeat of cases of forced labour such as Ireland's Magdalene laundries scandal.
A separate official report, published in February last year, found the Irish state was responsible for sending many women and girls to the now-notorious laundries, where they were subjected to a harsh regime of intimidation, prayer and unpaid work.
Today's UN report has called for the Vatican to begin an internal investigation of the laundries and similar institutions to lead to appropriate prosecutions. It has demanded that "full compensation be paid to the victims and their families" upon its completion.
The Vatican is expected to issue a statement on the damning UN report later today.
More top news
Drivers' union ASLEF suspended industrial action scheduled for next week but the RMT Conductors' union strike remains in place.
Dozens of African-American former agents will receive $24 million in settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination.
The case was triggered by wheelchair user Doug Paulley who boarded a bus but could not get on because a pram was in the wheelchair space.