On World Day against Trafficking in Persons, far more still needs to be done to help victims and end impunity for criminals


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Each year millions of women, men and children are trafficked for profit. They are sexually exploited, made to undertake demanding and often dangerous work in homes, farms and factories across the globe, and find themselves victims of one of the many other forms of abuse such as forced marriage or organ removal.
Yet despite the wide-spread recognition that this is one of today's most exploitative crimes, action is lacking: more needs to be done to dismantle the organized criminal networks behind this, while at the same time it is critical that assistance to victims be stepped up.
Against this background, and with the second annual World Day against Trafficking in Persons being marked today, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is calling for definitive and marked action to both end the impunity of traffickers, and to drastically scale-up the much needed support being provided to victims.
UNODC's most recent biennial Global Report on Trafficking in Persons highlights the true extent of the crime: with at least 152 countries of origin and 124 countries of destination affected by trafficking in persons, and over 510 trafficking flows crisscrossing the world, no country is immune.
Coupled with this, society's most vulnerable appear to be ever-more targeted by those responsible for this crime: a full 33 per cent of known victims of trafficking are children, a five point increase compared to the 2007-2010 period. With girls making up two out of every three child victims, together with women, they now account for 70 per cent of trafficked persons worldwide.
The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, under the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, which came into force a decade ago represents a major step towards tackling this crime. For the first time, this international instrument called for all acts of human trafficking to be criminalized, including trafficking for sexual exploitation, forced labour, organ removal, domestic servitude and other similar practices.
Yet despite this and other encouraging progress, legislation in some countries still does not always comply with the Protocol and fails to cover all forms of trafficking and their victims, leaving billions of people inadequately protected and vulnerable. In some areas this has resulted in extremely low levels of action against traffickers.
Within the period covered by the latest Global Report, some 40 per cent of countries reported less than ten convictions per year, while 15 per cent did not record a single conviction. "This illustrates a level of impunity which is unacceptable and highlights the fact that, at the moment, the traffickers are getting away with their crimes", said Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director. "The world is facing many grave challenges, and our resources are strained. But we cannot allow unscrupulous criminals to exploit these crises and take advantage of desperation and suffering."
Juxtaposed against the need for heightened action against criminals, there is an equal urgency to provide support services to those directly affected by traffickers.
Speaking on this, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his statement for the World Day urged support for the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons: a mechanism which works with NGO partners across the globe to help survivors of this crime, providing shelter, basic health services, vocational training and schooling, as well as psychosocial, legal and economic support.
"We must also provide meaningful assistance to those in need, including protection and access to justice and remedies. I applaud the donors who have enabled the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons Fund to assist thousands of people. At the same time, I urge greater contributions to help the many millions of other victims of this crime move forward with their lives."

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John Smith 19/8/15 08:16

People are bought and sold for sexual exploitation, forced labour, street crime, domestic servitude or even the sale of organs and human sacrifice

Gentle Moon 19/8/15 08:16

Men, women and children are trafficked within their own countries and across international borders. Trafficking affects every continent and every country.

LawrenceSamuels 19/8/15 08:17

In whatever shape or form everyone dreams of progress, whether it’s to be loved, to be seen, to belong, or for a better future for their family. Traffickers often exploit that desire amongst the most vulnerable.

Jane smartnic 19/8/15 08:18

Trafficking is so often seeded on deception. The Trafficker creates an intimate point of sale, making promises of progress like an education, a new start and future choices. This is the ultimate deception.

yobro yobro 19/8/15 08:18

...A global market place where people are the product and everyone has a price tag.

It’s based on an international conveyor belt of transactions and exchange, with sophisticated trade routes and communications.

Love Peace 19/8/15 08:19

This human product creates profit, tens of billions every year…and growing.

MaskOf Zero 19/8/15 08:20

This crime is so awful that everyone instinctively struggles to admit it exists.

Only Solidar 19/8/15 08:20

Society doesn’t listen, business doesn’t see and governments don’t talk about it. Those trafficked are often invisible, always powerless, and are put to work.

Pack Cassiopian 19/8/15 08:21

The answer is for individuals and society to see this crime, listen for it, talk about it, and take action to disrupt this global system!

STOP THE TRAFFIK exists to equip individuals and communities all over the world to take action.

Deck Hero14 19/8/15 08:22

The key is for society, government and business to generously share knowledge, information and resources that can be used to empower vulnerable communities, making them safe, and to disrupt the traffickers’ trade.

STOP THE TRAFFIK exists to energise this movement of generosity.

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