Tuesday, February 12, 2008

UN: Hosting First Conference on Human Trafficking

A Thai policeman looks at an exhibition of photos during
the opening of a workshop on Human Trafficking


UNITED NATIONS, VIENNA - The first international conference on human trafficking, one of the fastest growing crimes, will be held in Vienna next month to raise awareness about what has become a billion-dollar industry, organisers said Tuesday.

"Human trafficking exists everywhere in the world, in all societies. There are no exceptions," said Doris Buddenberg, head of UN.GIFT (the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking), an initiative by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

"It's almost certainly one of the fastest growing crimes in our globalised world," Buddenberg told a news conference here.

"It is above all big business. The UN estimates that the global market value is in billions of dollars. And that is one of the most cautious estimates."

The aim of the three-day conference from February 13 to 15, with an anticipated 1,000 participants from some 100 countries, is to raise public awareness of the issue, foster better coordination in the international fight against human trafficking and come with new measures for combatting it, Buddenberg said...

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