The United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2017 was observed across the world on 30 July 2017.
This year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) selected ‘Act to Protect and Assist Trafficked Persons’ as the focus of the Day. The theme emphasizes one of the most pressing issues of the large mixed migration movements of refugees and migrants. The theme puts focus on the significant impact of conflict and natural disasters, as well as the resultant, multiple risks of human trafficking that many people face. In addition, it addresses the key issue concerning trafficking responses: that most people are never identified as trafficking victims and therefore cannot access most of the assistance or protection provided.
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 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.
When: 30 July 2017
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