Monday, April 24, 2006

U.N. Realeases New Trafficking Report Today

The Vienna-based U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released a new report today on trafficking throughout the world. The report "Trafficking in Persons: Global Patterns" published on Monday, identifies 127 countries of origin, 98 transit countries and 137 destination countries. It shows that global efforts to combat trafficking are being hampered by a lack of accurate data, reflecting the unwillingness of some countries to acknowledge that the patterns affect them.

From The Independent Online Edition, Anne Penketh, Diplomatic Editor writes in an article covering this report:
"The fact that slavery - in the form of human trafficking - still exists in the 21st century shames us all," said UNODC's chief, Antonio Maria Costa.

Germany, Greece and France are among about a dozen countries identified as having a "high" incidence of acting as transit countries. Ten countries are named as the top destinations for trafficking victims: Belgium, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Thailand, Turkey and the US. Britain is on the "high" index of destination countries.

Human trafficking for sexual exploitation is reported more frequently than trafficking for forced labour at the global level, the report says. It calls for governments to publicise the risks to vulnerable people through information campaigns. "A main challenge is to reduce demand, whether for cheap goods manufactured in sweatshops, or for under-priced commodities produced by bonded people in farms and mines, or for services provided by sex slaves. If people are aware of the dangers of human trafficking, the chances of avoiding its consequences should be improved," Mr Costa said.

1 comment:

  1. I am very concerned with sexual slavery and human trafficking. I recently read a book etitled Human Trafficking and it touched on the topic of UN action, or lack there of, made about sex crimes and trafficking. I will write more about this once I have developed a well researched argument.