Virtually every country in the world is affected by the crime of human trafficking in millions of people for sexual exploitation or forced labour, and governments must take serious steps to eliminate a scourge whose main victims are women and children, according to a new United Nations report released today.
United Nations agencies cast a spotlight today on fighting human trafficking at opposite ends of the Earth, warning that the root causes are not being adequately addressed in South Eastern Europe while praising government moves in Southeast Asia to forge a concrete, detailed strategy to combat the problem.
A United Nations initiative to fight sex trafficking in South Asia today hailed the first prosecution based on multilateral action as a “stunning success,” calling the 85-year prison sentence imposed by a Thai court on a Cambodian national for procuring under-aged women for prostitution “a groundbreaking decision.”
Declaring that the “threat of nuclear terrorism is real and current,” the head of the United Nations atomic watchdog today called for urgent international measures to prevent radioactive matter from falling into the hands of terrorists, citing increased trafficking of nuclear or other radioactive materials as a “disturbing” sign.
The United Nations Human Rights Commission has appointed Sigma Huda of Bangladesh as its Special Rapporteur on trafficking of persons, especially women and children.