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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons observed across the world

Jul 31, 2015 13:14 IST

30 July: World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons was observed across the world on 30 July 2015. To mark the day, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched the global campaign #IGiveHope to raise awareness around the plight of survivors of trafficking in persons.

On this day, UNODC called for definitive and marked action to both end the impunity of traffickers, and to drastically boost the much-needed support being provided to victims.

According to UNODC's biennial Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, at least 152 countries of origin and 124 countries of destination are affected by trafficking in persons.

An estimated 21 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery. 33 percent of known victims of trafficking are children, a five point increase compared with the 2007-2010 period. Girls make up two out of every three child victims. Together with women, they now account for 70 per cent of trafficked persons worldwide.

The day was adopted by UN General Assembly (UNGA) in 2013 during a high-level meeting held to appraise the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons which was adopted in 2010.

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