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United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2016 observed

Jul 30, 2016 10:02 IST

World Day against Trafficking in PersonsThe United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2016 was observed across the world on 30 July 2016.

On this day, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched the campaign #igivehope to show victims of human trafficking.

The day aims at raising awareness of the plight of human trafficking victims, and promoting and protecting their rights.

In 2013, the General Assembly held a high-level meeting to appraise the Global Plan of Action. Member States also adopted resolution A/RES/68/192 and designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

Human Trafficking

• Human trafficking is the trade of humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labour, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others.

• This may include providing a spouse in the context of forced marriage or the extraction of organs or tissues.

• Human trafficking can occur within a country or trans-nationally.

• It is a crime against the person because of the violation of the victim's rights of movement through coercion and because of their commercial exploitation.

• It is thought to be one of the fastest-growing activities of trans-national criminal organizations.

• The forthcoming UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2016 identifies a clear pattern linking undocumented migration to trafficking in persons.

• The UNODC report highlights the links between human trafficking and refugee flows from countries including Syria and Eritrea, and involving Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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