Sunday, July 20, 2008

UN: The Vienna Forum Report - A Way to Combat Trafficking

VIENNA, AUSTRIA - The Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking, which this week brought together 1,400 delegates from 116 countries to share knowledge and develop a coordinated strategy to combat human trafficking, concluded today with impassioned calls for increased awareness, greater resources and improved coordination in the fight against human trafficking.

Describing the Vienna Forum as a "tipping point" in the global battle against human trafficking, Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said, "This Forum is just the beginning of a process. Let us build on the momentum generated here to ensure that people's lives will not be for sale."

Mr. Costa urged national governments, businesses and civil society to speed up the implementation of practical measures to prevent trafficking, including: the implementation of self-certification by businesses to take slave-made products off the shelves; the development of technology to identify, monitor and disrupt human trafficking routes; the tracking and blocking of credit card payments for Internet human trafficking transactions; and, the development of codes of conduct to curb sex tourism...


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