International Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Human trafficking has always been a critical issue and a gross violation of human rights. Each year on July 30, the world comes together in resolution to raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.” The United Nations created this international day to evoke government regulation and stress responsibility.

Human trafficking – modern day form of slavery

Women, men and children fall into the hands of traffickers by criminals for many different purposes: sexual exploitation being the most common form (59% share), while other reasons such as forced labour, forced marriage, child selling, and removal of organs also make prominent their prominent place.

Human trafficking occurs in almost every country worldwide, and those trafficked within their own country take up 58% of all victims. Criminals usually adopt use of threat, violence, and/or other forms of coercion and deception to put victims in a position of vulnerability. Females occupies the largest group of all victims: women being 49% and girls 23%.

Munni was married at age 14, but her husband left her when she became pregnant – she was later sold to a brothel by a man offering to find her a job. Photo: UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani

Conservation during Covid-19

In 2019, current victims of human trafficking reaches approximately 25 million. This year, Covid-19 pandemic has exarcerbated the already precarious conditions of trafficked and put the

work on the front lines to end human trafficking to be more strenuous. Law enforcement officers, social workers, healthcare professionals, NGO staff and many more first responders strives to seek justice for victims of trafficking yet their effort is often overlooked and unrecognized.

Raising Awareness

Although proper government action might be the most effective solution, everyone in the world has some way to support the fight against human trafficking and help end this heart-breaking crime. Learn about the situation and become well-informed is a good start. You can also volunteer and suport anti-trafficking efforts in your community. Find out how to report and who to reach out if you suspect someone may be a victim of human trafficking around you. Ultimately, encourage local school districts to include human trafficking and self-protection in their curricula can also help young ones in potentially dangerous situations.

                                                                                                                                                      Written by: Jinxin


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