As opposed to the ideal activities a child should engage in, global trafficking chains down about 21 million individuals globally: of which children account for almost a third of.
Trafficking, either in a country of origin, transit or destination, will result in forced labour, sexual exploitation, child soldiers, forced begging, forced marriage, and organ removal of this given trafficked population.
According to the United Nations, 71 percent of the global 21 million trafficked persons comprise of women and children. The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is annually marked on July 30. To commemorate this year’s edition of the World Day Against Trafficking in Person’s, the focus will be on children.
The UN Protocol on Trafficking defines trafficking in humans as:
“all acts related to recruitment, transport, sale or purchase of individuals through force, fraud or other coercive means, for the purpose of exploitation”
The theme for this year’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is, ‘Responding to the trafficking of children and young people’. The UN wants individuals to focus on the one-third population of children and young persons trafficked either for sex, labour or forceful extraction of internal organs.
The above (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) UNODC Graphic Interchange Format, gives the statistic as Human Trafficking being the third largest crime in the world.
According to the United Nation’s Secretary General, António Guterres,
“Human trafficking takes many forms and knows no borders. Human traffickers too often operate with impunity, with their crimes receiving not nearly enough attention. This must change.”
The UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov’s July 30 speech in honour of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, will focus on the urgency to curb trafficking of children and young persons, the sophisticated web-use of human traffickers to find victims and the solution to global trafficking in humans in form of the Blue Heart Campaign.
This means that as urgent as ever, there is a need to create awareness among individuals about human trafficking. This incentive is important because some trafficked persons are ignorant of the graveness of their situation.
The ironic sadness about trafficked individuals is there are also unaware that trafficking is a huge crime. Meaning that usually, they would fall prey to the threats of their traffickers and would resist taking up the matter to law enforcing agencies.
According to the United Nations, a part of the adopted global plan is to create a Trust Fund for victims of trafficking.
This statement in part reads:
”In 2010, the General Assembly adopted the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, urging Governments worldwide to take coordinated and consistent measures to defeat this scourge.
The Plan calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the UN’s broader programmes in order to boost development and strengthen security worldwide.
One of the crucial provisions in the Plan is the establishment of a UN Voluntary Trust Fund for victims of trafficking, especially women and children.”
In Nigeria, trafficked persons, especially women and children are often sold the idea of a better living in another country or town before they are sold off. Either in most cases, for sexual exploitation, or forced labour.
According to the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime, Nigeria remains a concern as a source, destination, and transit country for trafficking of persons. The UNODC report will also project suspicions that some Nigerians might be involved in global criminal trafficking criminal networks.
However, the report goes on to indicate in a hopeful tone that, Nigeria has domesticated the key provisions of the UNTOC and the Trafficking Protocol in 2001, and has since set standards for the ECOWAS region and beyond, through its National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). Bilateral cooperation agreements with, inter‐alia, Italy, the Netherlands, the Nordic Countries, France, and the UK, have led to the dismantling of several international criminal trafficking networks.
And since the adoption of the Trafficking Protocol in 2001, about four thousand victims of trafficking would be rescued NAPTIP since inception.
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Image Credits: Human Trafficking, The Guardian Nigeria