UN defines trafficking in persons as “Trafficking in persons refers the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons—by force, coercion, fraud or some other form of deception—for the purpose of exploitation.”
Unfortunately, every year thousands of men, women, and children fall into the hands of traffickers. Trafficking can be found almost in all countries, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims.
Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Some facts from UNODC:
- In 2018 about 50,000 human trafficking victims were detected and reported by 148 countries.
- 50 percent of detected victims were trafficked for sexual exploitation, 38 percent were exploited for forced labour.
- Globally, one in every three victims detected is a child.
When we look at our European survey data from 2022 in regards to ‘human rights violations’ we see that the issue scores at place 4 in the top 5 of issues that people are most worried about. The top 3 countries that most worry about human rights violations are: Italy, Romania, and Spain. In our survey, the people were asked to select which issues they are most concerned about from a list of 36 different issues. In Italy 53%, Romania 51%, and 50% of the respondents in Spain selected human rights violations over other international issues. On average in Europe 42% of people are worried about human rights violations.
We can all do something to help prevent this global issue which includes sexual exploitation, forced labour and slavery, educating ourselves is the first step. To learn more and find out how you can get involved please visit: https://www.un.org/en/observances/end-human-trafficking-day
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