Special Rapporteur Sigma Huda has submitted her annual report to the U.N. on the current trafficking situation in the various countries visited in 2006. Below is the introduction to her report, and at the end of this post the report is available in its entirety for download.
Introduction: Forced marriages take place in many social, political, cultural, economic and legal contexts around the world. In this report, the Special Rapporteur aims to identify when such forced marriages exist and when they have been carried out in the context of trafficking in persons, especially women and children. The Special Rapporteur also examines the possible causes and consequences of forced marriage in the context of human trafficking and addresses the demand for forced marriage. Finally, she offers recommendations to States and non-State actors on ways to prevent trafficking in persons through or for the purpose of forced marriages, discourage the demand for such marriages, protect and assist the victims, and establish legal and prosecutorial measures to combat forced marriages in the context of trafficking in persons, especially women and children.
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