Global Human Trafficking, a Modern form of Slavery

Steve McQueen, director of this year’s Oscar winner for best film “12 Years A Slave,” mentioned in his acceptance speech last month that 21 million people are living in slavery today. That quoted figure comes from the 2012 report issued by the United Nation’s International Labor Organization (ILO) that has been attempting to gather international data for over a decade now. In the Asia-Pacific region where most of the world’s forced laborers come from at 56%, an estimated 11.7 million people, … [Read more...]

Japan Taking Action to combat illicit drugs and human trafficking

June 2013 – The United Nations and the Government of Japan today agreed to enhance regional cooperation to fight the trade of illicit narcotics and human trafficking, as well as terrorism and cyber crime in Africa and Southeast Asia. The Joint Action Plan of Action between the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Japan was signed at the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which concluded earlier today in Yokohama, Japan. “The United Nations Office … [Read more...]

Nigeria launches anti-human trafficking campaign

Nigeria launches anti-human trafficking campaign, as two Goodwill Ambassadors are named October 2012 - The Government of Nigeria, jointly with UNODC and the European Union, has launched a nationwide three-year anti-human trafficking campaign. Entitled "I am Priceless", the campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the reality, dangers and possible impact of irregular migration, as a consequence of either being smuggled or being a victim of trafficking in persons. UNODC also … [Read more...]

TRADE of INNOCENTS – World Premiere Sept 29

  SEX TRAFFICKING of CHILDREN: The numbers surprised me. Several thousands of women and girls each year routinely forced to have sex multiple times per day? 1 official and many unofficial trafficking circuits spanning the country? Over 5,000 brothels disguised as massage parlors? 13 as the average age of entrance into the trade? $200,000 in profit per girl/child per year? The land of the free? Yes, I’m talking about America. Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in … [Read more...]

AFGHANISTAN – transition house for women leaving prison in Kabul

AFGHANISTAN - transition house for women leaving prison in Kabul 30 May 2012 - Emini, who is 20 years old, is one of 14 female residents of the House of Hope, a Kabul-based transitional house for women leaving prison. Pardoned by President Hamid Karzai's decree on 8 March, she is one of the newest inhabitants of the house. Originally sentenced to three years in prison for running away from an abusive husband and his family, Emini hopes that her defence lawyer will help her to be granted a … [Read more...]

UNODC finally has Human trafficking Database ~ a true Celebration!

HUMAN TRAFFICKING DATABASE ESTABLISHED   October 2011 - Human trafficking is a truly global phenomenon and a crime which affects nearly every part of the world, whether as a source, transit or destination country. According to UNODC, victims from at least 127 countries have been identified, and it is estimated that more than 2.4 million people are being exploited by criminals at any given time. More than a decade after the adoption of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and PUnish … [Read more...]

COLUMBIA: Blue Heart & Caracol merge against Human Trafficking!

"Letter of Intent" between UNODC and  CARACOL, one of Colombia's biggest broadcasting Corporations 29 September 2011 - Colombia is the latest country to join the Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking, with the signature of a "letter of intent" between UNODC and one of Colombia's biggest broadcasting corporations, Caracol. This corporate social responsibility agreement will heighten awareness of human trafficking among a wider audience, especially vulnerable groups … [Read more...]

Querétaro: the world’s first ‘Blue Heart City’

Querétaro: the world's first 'Blue Heart City'   September 2011 - In a move aimed at bolstering national efforts to combat and prevent human trafficking, Mexico became the first country in the world to adopt the UNODC-led Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking in April 2010. As an international symbol to promote the rights of human trafficking victims, the Blue Heart encourages officials, civil society and members of the public across the globe to take a stand against what is … [Read more...]

UNODC showcases inspiring initiatives to fight human trafficking

Balmani - a young girl from the rural part of Jharkhand (a state with high numbers of human trafficking victims), who received livelihood training in housekeeping and is now able to support her mother's medical treatment.    Chandni - a 14 year old girl from Kishanganj, Bihar (another high source state for human trafficking), who narrowly escaped being sold to a 45 year old stranger for marriage. Jamila - a caregiver from a boys' shelter home in Calicut, Kerala who has learnt to view … [Read more...]

BOLIVIA is Taking Action for Women Business Leaders!

BOLIVIA is Taking Action! WOMEN as Business Leaders is the New Goal Bolivian women face many challenges including discrimination and exclusion. They are also vulnerable to drug traffickers because they are desperate for work. The landlocked country is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America despite being rich in natural resources. A new project is being launched in Bolivia this month by the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime or UNODC that will give women … [Read more...]

UN backs efforts against gender-based violence in southern Africa

  UN backs efforts against gender-based violence in southern Africa    7 January 2011 – In an effort to help law enforcement agencies in southern Africa respond to gender-based violence effectively, the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today that it has launched a handbook and a training curriculum to improve the capacity of national police forces in the region to combat the problem.   Through the UNODC-backed capacity-building initiative, the agency is working with … [Read more...]

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