Today is the first-ever UN World Day against Human Trafficking. A day to show your solidarity. It is estimated that about 2.5 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery. Defend International urges all its members, supporters and friends to give hope to victims of human trafficking! We need you to join #igivehope campaign to give voice to the voiceless!
UN World Day Against Human Trafficking
The United Nations has designated its first-ever UN World Day against Human Trafficking. It is estimated that about 2.5 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery. Defend International members are giving hope to victims of human trafficking worldwide.
In his statement to mark this day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “This first World Day against Trafficking in Persons is a call to action to end this crime and give hope to the victims, who often live unrecognized among us. To stop the traffickers, we must sever funding pipelines and seize assets. I urge all countries to ratify and fully implement the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocol on Trafficking in Persons.”
Several other key messages emerged:
* “Most of those trafficked are vulnerable women and children deceived into a life of suffering. They are exploited for sex and forced to work in conditions akin to slavery.”
* “Enforcement, cross-border cooperation and information-sharing can all be effective, but ending human trafficking also means tackling the root causes.” and
* “Extreme poverty, entrenched inequality and a lack of education and opportunity create the vulnerabilities that traffickers exploit – ultimately, the best protection is to accelerate development for all.”
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