A World in Crisis: Global Humanitarian Crises and Conflicts Increase Human Trafficking Concerns – Call to Action (December 2022) – World


‘Humanitarian crisis and global conflict increase human trafficking’, UN forum says

Recent and ongoing humanitarian crises and conflicts caused by war, terrorism, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as economic and food insecurity, increase vulnerability to trafficking and create new risks.

Millions of people around the world have been forced to flee their homes, making them easy targets for traffickers who take advantage of the crisis to exploit men, women and children.

The 31 member organizations of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Trafficking in Persons (ICAT), the United Nations (UN)’s leading anti-trafficking policy forum, issued a 13-point call today. escalating the crisis, providing an effective response, and increasing cooperation to combat this internationally recognized crime.

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“Traffickers prey on the desperation of people affected by conflicts and humanitarian crises at their origin, transit and destination. We need to work together to prevent and combat crime, reducing vulnerability to trafficking and taking strong action even in times of crisis,” said Gada Wali, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). .

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When several crises intersect, human vulnerability increases and an ideal environment is created for traffickers to continue their crimes.

As a result, victims, including children, are trafficked for sexual exploitation and forced marriage, abducted and recruited by armed groups, used as combatants and forced labor.

About two billion people, a quarter of the world’s population, currently live in conflict-affected countries. As conflict undermines the rule of law and thus impedes the capacity to respond to crimes, including in conflict zones, ICAT also called for action to avoid humanitarian disasters and their far-reaching consequences.

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“Collective humanitarian responses to crises must be strengthened, including through existing regulatory mechanisms such as the National Referral Mechanism to prevent, respond and reduce the risk of human trafficking,” said Michael Spindeleger, director general of the International Center for Migration. Policy Development (ICMPD).

ICAT is co-chaired by the UN’s law enforcement agency and the ICMPD.

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