Fight against human trafficking moving "centre stage"

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A young Bangladeshi trafficking victim who was sold to a brothel. Photo : UNICEF-Shehzad Noorani

The fight against human trafficking is increasingly moving "centre stage" as an issue for the international community, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, (UNODC).

The agency says that human trafficking affects every country of the world, as countries of origin, transit or destination.

Andita Listyarini reports.

UNODC says there are no firm figures for the number of people globally who are victims of human trafficking, although it does disproportionally affect women and children, who make up some 80 per cent of those trafficked.

Speaking at an event at the UN focusing on the ratification of the Palermo Protocol, an instrument to prevent, suppress and punish traffickers, the Executive-Director of UNODC, Yury Fedotov, said fighting crimes such as trafficking was critical to  meeting new development targets.

"The focus on crime is no longer on the periphery of building sustainable development; it is moving centre stage and it is increasingly being recognised as a significant barrier to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals."

According to UNODC, sexual exploitation is by far the most commonly identified form of human trafficking representing 79 per cent of all cases, followed by forced labour.

Andita Listyarini, United Nations.

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