Poverty and male impunity, leading to increased trafficking of women

9 October 2019

Millions are trafficked around the world each year, and more than 70 per cent of them are women, according to UN figures.

In an interview with UN News, Hilary Gbedemah, chairperson of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) says that poverty, male impunity and forced migration are just a few of the factors boosting the numbers.

Speaking on the rights of women trafficking victims, Ms. Gbedemah called on countries not to complicate asylum procedures, and CEDAW is scheduled to release recommendations on combatting trafficking of migrants next month.

Ms. Gbedemah spoke to UN News’s Shirin Yaseen and started by explaining the broader definition of trafficking women and girls, which is usually linked to sexual exploitation.

Audio Credit:
Shirin Yaseen - UN News, Arabic
Audio Duration:
5'26"

 

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