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WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS: 30TH JULY

WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS: 30TH JULY

Context

Every year on July 30, the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is observed.

The 2021 theme for World Day Against Trafficking in Persons:

  •  “VICTIMS’ VOICES LEAD THE WAY”

History of the Day:

  • In 2013, the day was designated by the UN General Assembly to raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.

Background:

  • Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous reasons including forced labour and sex.
  • Since 2003 the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has gathered information on about 225,000 victims of trafficking detected globally.
  • Countries around the world are detecting and reporting more victims, and are convicting more traffickers. This can be the result of increased capacity to identify victims.

Global Actions Taken Against Human Trafficking:

  • In 2010, the General Assembly adopted the Global Plan of Action to deal with Trafficking in Persons, requesting Governments globally to take coordinated and consistent measures to defeat this scourge.
  • The Plan calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the UN’s broader programmes to strengthen security worldwide.

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