In commemoration of the 2019 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons under the theme: “Human Trafficking: Call Your Government to Action,” the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) Tuesday sued for increased global action by governments towards eliminating human trafficking in the interest of victims of the scourge.
The UNODC regards human trafficking as a heinous crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous rights violation purposes such as forced labor, abuse, and sex, with about 225, 000 victims of trafficking detected worldwide. Consequently, in 2013, a resolution of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted July 30 of every year, as the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”
“On this World Day against Trafficking in Persons, let us reaffirm our commitment to stop criminals from ruthlessly exploiting people for profit and to help victims rebuild their lives,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement to commemorate the 2019 Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
Guterres noted that, armed conflicts, displacement, climate change, natural disasters as well as poverty, exacerbate the vulnerabilities and desperation that enables human trafficking to flourish. “Migrants are being targeted. Thousands of people have died at sea, in deserts and in detention centres, at the hands of traffickers and migrant smugglers plying their monstrous, merciless trades,” he said.
“The Sustainable Development Goals include clear targets to prevent abuse and exploitation, to eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls, and to eradicate forced labor and child labor. On this World Day against Trafficking in Persons, let us reaffirm our commitment to stop criminals from ruthlessly exploiting people for profit and to help victims rebuild their lives,” Guterres concluded.
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