A new UN report published on Monday shows that human trafficking is on the rise and taking on “horrific dimensions”, with sexual exploitation of victims the main driver. Children now account for 30 per cent of those being trafficked, and far more girls are detected than boys.
Just over a quarter of people trafficked worldwide are children, according to latest figures from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Marking the 2018 World Day against Trafficking in Persons this Monday, UNODC is highlighting the urgency of acting “as soon as possible” to prevent the crime. Fabrizio Sarrica, a UNODC research expert on human trafficking, has been speaking to Michelle Kusuma, who asked him how this year’s campaign addresses current challenges in child trafficking prevention.
Marking World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the United Nations sheds light on the plight of millions of children, women and men – especially migrants – who, every year, fall prey to traffickers across the world.
Ahead of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on Monday, the UN human rights expert on the issue has emphasized that both victims and potential victims’ rights must be upheld – especially women and children – and appealed for all States to prevent and combat the global scourge.
India must revise its planned new legislation to tackle trafficking in persons so that the measures proposed are in line with international human rights law, said two independent UN human rights experts on Monday.
Lack of understanding about human trafficking in the Pacific region contributes to the crime going undetected there. Benjamin Smith from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime told UN News why better data is needed to understand how modern-day slavery impacts these island nations.