human trafficking

News in Brief 7 January 2019

  • Upsurge in human trafficking, says new report
  • UN Refugee Agency to assess Saudi woman in Bangkok
  • ‘Environmentally-displaced’ people becoming a bigger factor
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Rising human trafficking takes on ‘horrific dimensions’: almost a third of victims are children

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.

News in Brief 04 December 2018

  • Global aid appeal targets more than 93 million most in need next year
  • Yemen’s warring parties ‘yearning’ for end to conflict: WFP chief
  • War used as ‘selling point’ by people smugglers to ship migrants to Yemen
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News in Brief 30 July 2018

  • ‘Vile’ crime of human trafficking feeds on inequality and instability: UN chief
  • Key elections in Mali pass off in ‘a peaceful manner’, despite some violence and voter intimidation: UN Peacekeeping
  • Brazil police who shot dead teenage boy must face ‘impartial investigation’ – UN expert
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Child exploitation spotlighted by World Day against human trafficking: UN crime-fighting agency

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.

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Governments need to step up protection for the most vulnerable, from ‘vile crime’ of human trafficking: UN chief

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 World Day against human trafficking, UN expert stresses States’ obligation to stop ‘gross human rights violations’

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.

UN experts urge India to align new anti-trafficking bill with human rights law

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.

Human trafficking ‘definitely misunderstood’ in the Pacific region: UN expert

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.

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Global airline industry urged to support UN anti-trafficking campaign

Representatives from the global airline industry held their annual meeting in Sydney this week.  

Felipe De La Torre from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) tells Julia Dean how they are supporting its Blue Heart Campaign to combat human trafficking.

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