Trafficked persons should not be confused with irregular migrants

Human trafficking

People who are trafficked deserve to be treated as victims of rights violation and not "instruments" of a criminal investigation.

That's what the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo said as she presented her latest report at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The UN expert told the Council that trafficked persons are often treated as irregular migrants, detained and deported without being given a chance to seek help.

"In many states trafficked persons are not provided with remedies as a matter of right, but only with ad hoc measures predominantly aimed at facilitating criminal investigation, such as temporary resident permits contingent upon cooperation with law enforcement authorities. Trafficked persons are rarely known to receive compensation, as they do not have access to information, legal assistance, regular residence status, and other assistance necessary to seek compensation. "

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