Governments need to step up protection for the most vulnerable from human trafficking: UN chief

NEW YORK, Marking World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the United Nations sheds light on the plight of millions of children, women and men � especially migrants � who, every year, fall prey to traffickers across the world.

“Trafficking in persons is a vile crime that feeds on inequalities, instability and conflict,” UN Secretary-General Ant?nio Guterres in a statement, adding that traffickers “profit from peoples’ hopes and despair,” explaining that women and children are particularly vulnerable.

“Human traffickers too often operate with impunity, with their crimes receiving not nearly enough attention,” stated Secretary-General Guterres. “This must change,” he added, stressing that the “United Nations is committed to advancing action to bring traffickers to justice while protecting and supporting their victims”

According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking (ICAT), more than a quarter of identified trafficking victims globally are children.

“These children urgently need governments to step up and put measures in place to keep them safe,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, in a press release that denounced “a lack of sustainable solutions for child victims of trafficking � including long-term assistance, rehabilitation, and protection.”

Source: Emirates News Agency

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