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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Top UN Officials Call For Full Implementation Of Key Anti-human Trafficking Treaties

Top UN Officials Call For Full Implementation Of Key Anti-human Trafficking Treaties

UNITED NATIONS, May 14 (Bernama) -- Leading officials of the United Nations Monday urged the UN General Assembly to ensure the "full implementation" of the major anti-human trafficking treaties, and to cooperate closely in a bid to counter the US$32 billion industry in which some 2.4 million people are languishing in forced labour and domestic exploitation, sexual work and child soldiers.

The General Assembly's president Vuk Jeremic, addressing the opening of the two-day high level conference aimed at improving coordination of efforts against trafficking in human beings, emphasized that "no effort must be spared" to stop the servitude of millions of people and help the victims rebuild their lives.

He called for increased vigilance and sensitizing to the needs of the victims in joint coordination of efforts by law enforcement officials, border control officials, labour inspectors, consular and embassy officials, judges and prosecutors, and peacekeepers.

The meetings provided the participating countries an opportunity to examine the progress achieved on the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

The Plan, which was adopted in 2010, calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking in the United Nations' broader programmes aimed at increasing development and security worldwide.

The four broad themes for discussions include preventing trafficking, prosecuting offenders, protecting victims and forming partnerships to fight trafficking.

The Plan also set up the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children.

Jeremic appealed to the member countries and philanthropic organisations for greater support for the trust fund which had been created by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

A report released in December 2012 by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) suggests that almost a third of all victims of human trafficking officially identified worldwide between 2007 and 2012 were children.