Friday, September 18, 2009

UN: Economic Crisis May Boost Sex Trafficking

A U.N. report says human trafficking is thriving because its root causes are not addressed enough.

UNITED NATIONS - Human trafficking is likely to escalate because the global economic crisis has fueled its major causes -- poverty, youth unemployment, gender inequality and the demand for cheap labor, the U.N. investigator on trafficking said Thursday.

In a report to the General Assembly, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo expressed "concern that trafficking continues to thrive'' because these root causes are not being sufficiently addressed and "potential victims become more desperate to escape their unfavorable situations.''

Ezeilo, a human rights lawyer and professor at the University of Nigeria who was appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council job in August 2008, also expressed concern that trafficking victims are sometimes deported "without a sufficient period for recovery and reflection.''

People who are trafficked should not be detained, charged, prosecuted or summarily deported, she stressed...


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