Initiative to support victims of human trafficking underfunded

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Young trafficking victim who was sold to a brothel. UNICEF-NYHQ2009-2579-Shehzad Noorani

More financing is needed to support a trust fund for victims of human trafficking, according to the United Nations.

The issue was highlighted at a meeting of the 13th Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar.

The focus on Tuesday was on how to meet funding needs to assist victims of so called "modern-day slavery".

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

Human trafficking has become what the UN describes as "a global enterprise" affecting millions of people in nearly every country in the world.

The Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons has helped identify and help thousands of people who have been enslaved or exploited.

The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, said since its establishment five years ago, the Fund has received around 2 million dollars in contributions.

“The first three-year grand cycle ended last December. A total 11 projects received nearly 750 thousand US dollars. All five continents are embraced by the program of the Trust Fund. Some 2.000 victims benefited from direct assistance, including provision of shelter, basic health services vocational training, schooling as well as psychological, legal and financial support”.

However, Mr Fedotov underlined that the UN is experiencing difficulties in raising money for the trust fund, despite its tangible achievements.

He added that he hopes the international community will act to ensure that the impact envisioned by a UN Global Plan of Action on human trafficking can be reached.

Cathrine Hasselberg.

Duration: 1’21″

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