United Nations, Jul 30 - On today's celebration of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the UN is acknowledging the work of those who deal with this issue and continue to provide aid even amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the context of the current health crisis, the role of first responders is even more important, especially because restrictions and lockdowns to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus hinder their work.
This is highlighted by the UN website on this date, which seeks to raise awareness on the situation of the victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.
This year's World Day against Trafficking in Persons is paying tribute to the first people to respond and help to end this scourge, such as law enforcement officers, social workers, healthcare professionals, and many others, whose contributions are often overlooked and unacknowledged.
Like the frontline heroes fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, these aid providers are keeping vital services during the crisis: they identify victims, ensure their access to justice, health, social assistance, and protection, and prevent further abuses and exploitation, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said.
He added that, if the world wants to put dignity and human rights at the center of the Covid-19 response and recovery, we must do much more to 'protect trafficking victims and prevent vulnerable people from being exploited by criminals.'
The General Assembly passed in 2010 the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons and urged governments across the world to adopt coordinated and coherent measures to overcome this scourge.
Three years later, this body held a high-level meeting to assess this plan and passed a resolution that designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
That is a crime and a serious violation of human rights that persists to this day in many regions of the world. (Prensa Latina)