General Assembly president calls for more vigilance in fighting human traffickingListen /
Victims of human trafficking must be placed at the centre of the United Nations' work, General Assembly president Vuk Jeremić told ambassadors on Monday.
Jeremić was speaking during a General Assembly meeting on a Global Plan of Action to combat human trafficking, adding that as many as 25 million people could be victims.
He said no effort should be spared in ending this scourge and helping survivors rebuild their lives.
"To achieve this, law enforcement officials, border control officers, labor inspectors, consular and embassy officials, judges and prosecutors, as well as peacekeepers, must not only increase their vigilance, but be further sensitized to the needs of victims. They should also come to work more closely with social service providers and other care-givers."
The General Assembly president also paid tribute to the survivors of human trafficking, saying their courage and fortitude should be an inspiration for all people.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.