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World Day against Trafficking: UN aims to create awareness on Human Trafficking

UN has recognized today, 30th July as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons which aims to tackle just this problem and create awareness around the world of how human trafficking affects the victims.


Devdiscourse News Desk 30 Jul 2018, 06:55 AM
  • IOM recommends that human trafficking in times of crisis be urgently included in the humanitarian community. (Image Credit: Flickr)

Although human trafficking has gathered momentum and several international organizations have developed approaches to address it, the phenomenon remains a serious crime, with grave human rights concerns, that is largely overlooked in crisis situations. In addition, human trafficking is typically not considered a direct consequence of the crisis.

UN has recognized today, 30th July as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons which aims to tackle just this problem and create awareness around the world of how human trafficking affects the victims.

This misplaced assumption, coupled with the fact that counter-trafficking efforts are not necessarily understood as an immediate life-saver in crisis, often hampers the humanitarian response to human trafficking cases, particularly in terms of identification of and assistance to victims.

UN migration agency IOM's report Addressing Human Trafficking and Exploitation in Times of Crisis reveals that these efforts are a matter of life and livelihood for victims of trafficking and should, therefore, be considered with as much priority as for any other crisis-affected population and be addressed at the outset of a crisis.

The report recommends that human trafficking in times of crisis be urgently included in the humanitarian community, with support from both emergency and development donor communities.

(With inputs from IOM)


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