UN calls for more support for victims of human trafficking

United Nations, Nov 26 - The Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres, demanded more support and protection for the victims of human trafficking, a scourge present today in many regions of the world.

Through his official Twitter account, the highest representative of the United Nations stressed that survivors should not be punished for acts committed as a result of trafficking.

He also warned that in low-income countries, children represent half of the victims of human trafficking, a "despicable industry" that still generates billions of dollars.

Earlier this week, the President of the UN General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, noted that the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated the factors that fuel human trafficking, such as poverty, unemployment and gender-based violence.

Last Monday, speaking at a high-level event of the largest United Nations body dedicated to this issue, the headline urged member states to promote more efforts aimed at preventing and responding to this "vile crime."

The health crisis has also left survivors with less support, he said in his opening speech at that two-day meeting focused on reviewing progress in the implementation of the United Nations action plan to combat human trafficking, adopted in July. 2010.

Many countries are now weakened in their ability to identify and hold the perpetrators of such crime accountable, noted the President of the General Assembly.

It is therefore imperative that the global community redouble its efforts to better recover from the pandemic and build resilient communities, this includes obtaining more research, data and analysis on how trafficking takes place, how it evolves, who it is targeting and who it affects, he pointed.

Shahid also called for amplifying and taking into account the voices of the survivors of human trafficking. (PL) (File photo)


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