‘Trafficking in Persons Is a Vile Crime that Feeds on Inequalities, Instability and Conflict’


Human Wrongs Watch

By UN Secretary-General António Guterres*

“Trafficking in persons is a vile crime that feeds on inequalities, instability and conflict.  Human traffickers profit from peoples’ hopes and despair. They prey on the vulnerable and rob them of their fundamental rights.

HT

Photo from UNODC.

Children and young people, migrants and refugees are especially susceptible.

Women and girls are targeted again and again.  We see brutal sexual exploitation, including involuntary prostitution, forced marriage and sexual slavery.  We see the appalling trade in human organs.

Human trafficking takes many forms and knows no borders.  Human traffickers too often operate with impunity, with their crimes receiving not nearly enough attention.  This must change.

The United Nations is committed to advancing action to bring traffickers to justice while protecting and supporting their victims.  The rights of victims must come first – be they the victims of traffickers, smugglers, or of modern forms of slavery or exploitation.

In their proposed Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to be adopted in December, Member States have also demonstrated resolve to prevent, combat and eradicate trafficking in persons in the context of international migration.

On this World Day against Trafficking in Persons, let us come together around the key issues of prevention, protection and prosecution to build a future where this crime cannot exist.’

*Statement of the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons – 30 July 2018

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: