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Almost a third of human trafficking victims worldwide are children

United Nations Office at Geneva
United Nations Office at Geneva.

Children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide, according to a report released  by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Additionally, women and girls comprise 71 per cent of human trafficking victims, the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons states.

“Trafficking for sexual exploitation and for forced labour remain the most prominently detected forms, but victims are also being trafficked to be used as beggars, for forced or sham marriages, benefit fraud, or production of pornography,” said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov in presenting the report.

The report found that while women and girls tend to be trafficked for marriages and sexual slavery, men and boys are typically exploited for forced labour in the mining sector, as porters, soldiers and slaves.

“Nevertheless, … the rate of convictions remains far too low, and victims are not always receiving the protection and services countries are obliged to provide.”

The UNODC Chief stressed that more resources clearly need to be devoted to identify and assist trafficking victims, as well as improve criminal justice responses to detect, investigate and successfully prosecute cases.

  • Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime., 21st December 2016.

EU fails to stem human trafficking

EU Commission Headquarters in Brussels

The European Home Affairs Commissioner, Cecilia Maimstrom addressed a news conference at the EU Commission Headquarters in Brussels on 15th April 2014. She said;

“As we speak, men, women and children are being sold for sex, hard labour … They are forced into marriages, domestic servitude, begging or have their organs removed for trade,”

“It is high time now for member states to stop dragging their feet and to show the victims that this is taken seriously,” she added, calling the crime the “slavery of our times.”

Within the three year period covered by the report, the number of people trafficked in the EU rose by 18 percent.

“We know from contacts with the police that it’s quite difficult to prove the crime of trafficking,” Ms Malmstrom noted.

Workshop 2017

International Humanitarian Organisation (IHO Global) conducts field workshops to update project managers on policies and procedures, compliance and progress. Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand was the venue this year for a group workshop where project managers in the Mekong region met to be briefed by Roslyn Muir, executive director of IHO Global.

IHO Global
From back left to right – Surasak Klumsomphan, Payak Khruasamphan, Narimon Klumsomphan, Wannapa Kittikundamrongporn (Chaing Mai), Narong Kittikundamrongporn (Mekong Director), Khamkeo Saesee, Pear Paw Khruasamphan.

The workshop in Chiang Rai was a good opportunity to share comradery and receive feed-back from our Partners. Good communication across cultural boundaries is the key to successful Partner relationships and provides a solid basis for achieving project goals.

IHO Global
Narong Kittikundamrongpon (Mekong Director, Chiang Mai), Frank Smith (Supporting Heart, Mae Sia), Roslyn Muir (Executive Director, Melbourne), Wannapa Kittikundamrongpon (Chiang Mai).