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World Day against Trafficking in Persons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Rowan Wilkinson, Volunteer at the ACAA

 

“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.”- UN Secretary-General, António Guterres.

 

Today marks the United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons, with the hashtag #endhumantrafficking trending on social media platforms like Twitter and powerful speeches being made about the necessary reforms that need to be established. This international day is so important to the ACAA as many refugees and migrants are affected by this terrible crime.

 

The crime of human trafficking exploits men, women and even children for numerous reasons, including forced labour and sexual exploitation. Worryingly child victims make up a terrifying third of all human trafficking worldwide. Despite human trafficking being committed in every country around the world, it is unknown what the official statistic of those being trafficked is, with estimates implying that there are possibly millions of victims.

 

Thankfully governments, the United Nations and other non-governmental organisations are taking the necessary steps towards ending this violence and exploitative act. The General Assembly has declared the adoption of a resolution to declare and “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights”, which is vital to progressing as a global community.

 

There is progress, justice and hope for those affected and still being affected by this criminality, and we hope the momentum to end this offence continues. #EndHumanTrafficking

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