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A group of United Nations independent experts on slavery, migrants, trafficking, sale and sexual exploitation of children, and internally displaced persons today welcomed this week’s adoption of a legally binding international Protocol to tackle forced labour worldwide and end what they call ‘modern slavery.’
UNODC's Human Trafficking Case Law Database now includes detailed information on more than 1,000 trafficking cases from 83 countries. Such tools are crucial in order to increase the visibility of successful human trafficking prosecutions and convictions, helping law enforcement and justice practitioners from across the world working on human trafficking cases.
World Day of Social Justice: “Fighting human trafficking means fighting poverty, unemployment and inequality
On December 31, 2013, President Barack Obama proclaimed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. He called upon private businesses, civil society groups, faith leaders, families, and individuals to recognize the vital role they can each play in ending all forms of modern slavery.
UNODC Executive Director welcomes appointment of new Board of Trustees for UN Trust Fund for trafficking victims
Enhancing state assistance to victims of human trafficking in Ukraine discussed at OSCE-supported conference
OSCE Special Representative publishes human trafficking report on Portugal, praises immediate steps taken
Special Representative calls for victim protection at UK Parliament’s Modern Slavery Bill Evidence Review
OSCE Special Representative, in Uzbekistan, called for co-operative efforts to stop human trafficking
OSCE Special Representative urges prosecutors, judges to fully apply laws, protect human trafficking victims
OSCE Special Representative calls for business community to step up efforts to eliminate human trafficking
Prevention of domestic servitude in diplomatic households imperative, says OSCE Special Representative, in The Hague
International Seminar on "The Critical Role of the Judiciary in Combating Trafficking in Human Beings"
Since the 2010 launch of its Blue Campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made a wide range of resources available to help increase awareness and educate the general public on the indicators of human trafficking. Take a few minutes out of your day to complete the training.
This blog is the second in a three part series discussing the overlooked topic of child forced labor in large industries such as mining, agriculture and manufacturing. In the field of human trafficking, child forced labor is often inadvertently ignored leading to serious consequence for the world's children.
USAID announced this week three new research grants awarded to theUniversity of Southern California, Vanderbilt University and Texas Christian University to study human trafficking and produce evidence that could help USAID and other international development organizations combat human trafficking more effectively.
This blog is the first in a three part series discussing the overlooked topic of child forced labor in large industries such as mining, agriculture and manufacturing. In the field of human trafficking, child forced labor is often inadvertently ignored leading to serious consequence for the world's children. Child forced labor occurs more often in lesser developed countries with weak child labor laws and this blog will focus on the two continents where the mining industry exploits child labor the most: Africa and Asia.
Tackling drugs, human trafficking, crime must be part of post-2015 development agenda, says UN official
The OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, highlighted the innovative aspects of the Italian model of anti-trafficking action at the conclusion of her country visit to Italy, praising efforts to assist victims in partnership with civil society.
India: new assessment of victim assistance and criminal justice initiatives against human trafficking
UN and European anti-trafficking experts join forces to fight trafficking in persons in Europe and beyond
The United States Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons released last week its 2013 annual Trafficking in Persons Report. The report includes stories of trafficking victims, country portraits, estimates on numbers of victims, and evaluations of government efforts to combat human trafficking. It also outlines the major forms of human trafficking, including for sexual exploitation, forced or bonded labor, involuntary domestic servitude, among others.
As a leader in the staffing and employment services industry, ManpowerGroup takes its responsibility in combating human trafficking and related exploitation seriously. The company has chosen to focus on this issue in its internal and external policies and has developed a comprehensive approach, using many different initiatives in tandem to combat human trafficking and forced labor, and was among the first to sign the 2006 Athens Ethical Principles.
A year after UN.GIFT interviewed filmmaker Mimi Chakarova - and two years after the release of "The Price of Sex" - her film continues to be screened around the world. UN.GIFT caught up with Ms Chakarova to discuss where her film has taken her over the past twelve months and what impact her film continues to have on viewers, policymakers and the women featured in her movie.
Following a two-year CNN investigation, the two-hour documentary 'The Fighters' chronicles Philippine human rights pioneer Cecilia Flores-Oebanda in her journey to protect children from the sex trade and convince the Philippines' biggest star, Manny Pacquiao, to join her as a fighter in the battle against modern-day slavery.
"When the ILO adopted its first Convention against forced labour in 1930, slavery had already been abolished but people were still trafficked or forced to work under different systems of servitude, bondage or institutions similar to slavery. Today, coercion is more subtle but it is not less effective."
Reporting on human trafficking manual published by OSCE, Moscow University, Russian Union of Journalists
The OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, said at a judicial training seminar in Krakow, Poland on 14 March 2013 that trafficked people's legal rights must be upheld and given the same importance as punishing perpetrators in court.
In 2011 Julia Immonen rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean - from the Canary Islands to Barbados. This year she will cycle from Sofia, Bulgaria into central London. Her objective in both of these gruelling challenges: to raise awareness about human trafficking, and funds for efforts to combat the $32 billion-dollar-a-year trade in human beings.
March 25: International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
The annual observance of 25 March as the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade serves as an opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system, and to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.
OSCE Special Representative calls for more co-operation to prevent human trafficking in Mediterranean
Interview with OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings
US President Barack Obama declares January 2013 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Lao PDR "extremely vulnerable" to trafficking by transnational organized crime groups, says UNODC Executive Director
On the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women which was recently by the UN in New York, we present the brave testimonial of Memey, a 28-year-old Indonesian woman who was trafficked and forcibly recruited into commercial sex work and who is now committed to helping others.
"Today, governments, civil society and the private sector must unite to eradicate all contemporary forms of slavery. ... Together, let us do our utmost for the millions of victims throughout the world who are held in slavery and deprived of their human rights and dignity." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 2 December 2012
UNODC's Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, spoke this week on combating violence against migrants, migrant workers and their families at the Sixth Summit of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) - the informal, Government-led initiative addressing interconnections on these key global issues.
OSCE Special Representative calls for redoubled efforts against modern-day slavery on Anti-Trafficking Day
On the margins of the sixth session of the Conference of State Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), intergovernmental agencies, NGOs and government representatives discussed progress made and shared best practices and challenges in fighting one of the world's most shameful crimes.
OSCE Special Representative, at Alliance conference in Vienna, says discrimination cause of trafficking
Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime to be held in Vienna
On World Tourism Day, UNODC chief calls for more efforts to tackle trafficking for sexual exploitation
OSCE Alliance against Trafficking in Persons conference to stress non-discrimination and empowerment
Ms Suravi Sarkar, Project Coordinator, Banglanatak.com.uses theatre as an instrument to spread awareness on important issues relating to rights and entitlement, health, safety and environment. In an interview, she shares her experiences on human trafficking while working with vulnerable communities around the Indo-Bangladesh border.
UNODC, IOM hold joint training of Police and the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration in Rwanda
Tuesday May 22: UN.GIFT-Harvard Webinar, Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking: Public/Private Partnerships
Officially supported by eleven national and international civil society organizations and UN.GIFT, ' Anya17' is the world's first Opera to reveal the hidden world of Sex Trafficking in the UK. Anya17 premieres on March 7 th in Liverpool before a second performance in Manchester on March 9 th. Tickets are available via www.anya17.co.uk
( Bankrate.ca) - By Aaron Broverman In his book "Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan," journalist Jake Adelstein chronicles his experiences on the vice beat with Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper. At one point, he describes a human sex trafficking operation run by men named Viktor and Slick.
Hotels, hostels and motels are being used as places where trafficked people are exploited. Whether it is a young girl being moved around, bought, sold and abused in different hotel rooms or the staff supplied by an exploitative agency, the hospitality industry needs to know what trafficking is, what the indicators are and what to do if they spot them.
Digicel today announced its partnership with the United Nations’ Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT). The partnership will see the company piloting a project promoting awareness raising on human trafficking and providing direct victim support by establishing service hotlines. The pilot project – which will begin in Haiti and Papua New Guinea.
Three Austrian friends would do almost anything to help victims of human trafficking. This summer they are racing a tuk tuk (or auto riksha) across Sri Lanka to raise funds that will benefit local organizations working to end human trafficking. The "Sound of Tuk Tuk" team will dedicate this adventurous challenge to trafficking victims.
(EHTN)-In partnership with the UN Global Compact and UN.GIFT, End Human Trafficking Now has just launched the call for nominations for the Business Leader's Award to Fight Human Trafficking. This is the second award cycle. The Award is designed to acknowledge the vision, creativity and contribution of business leaders...
This is the story of Ana, a survivor of human trafficking, whose story of courage to overcome the most challenging obstacles serves as motivation to all who work in the field of combating human trafficking. Her story provides inspiration and also guidance to those helping in the fight to end human trafficking.
Over the next few days UN.GIFT will publish a series titled: "Stories of Courage" which highlights success stories of victims who escaped the grasp of their traffickers. These anecdotes are a source of inspiration, giving courage to individuals to look for ways to help victims of trafficking, showing hope for change.
Verite just released their new Fair Hiring Toolkit which offers tools, guidance, and approaches to support the responsible recruitment and hiring of migrant workers in global supply chains. This tool will help producers, suppliers, governments, investors, anti-slavery or labor-rights organizations, social auditors, etc. to protect migrant workers.
The two-day 11th High-level Alliance against Trafficking in Persons conference opened yesterday. This event brings together more than 300 senior government officials, national anti-trafficking co-ordinators and rapporteurs, representatives from international and non-governmental organizations, law enforcement, etc.
The Na Wa Festival, organized by UN.GIFT, IOM and EXIT, has launched a Facebook group to offer up to date information on the film festival. The group also serves as a platform for participants to discuss issues on human trafficking and other information related to the many anti-trafficking activities now taking place in Nigeria.
Only 4 days remain until the OSCE's 11 th annual conference for the "Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons" will begin on June 20-21 in Vienna, Austria. The conference will include a variety of speakers and cover a wide range of topics. Also, this year for the first time, parts of the conference will be streamed live online.
WATCH THE TRAILER: The Na Wa Film Festival,organized by UN.GIFT, IOM and the NGO EXIT, will bring to cinemas, cultural centres and churches in Nigeria a series of films and activities to raise awareness about human trafficking. Over the course of ten days, movie screenings, book readings, panel discussions and receptions will take place in the Nigerian cities of Abuja, Edo & Lagos.
For the entire year of 2011, CNN has committed to a campaign to fight human trafficking through a series of news features covering the many aspects of human trafficking and modern day slavery. The so-called "Freedom Project"also challenges listeners to participate in individual activism to raise awareness of the problem.
The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) is calling for submissions for the Anti-Trafficking Review, a unique new journal examining the field of human trafficking. Academics, practitioners and advocates, working for and with trafficked persons are invited to submit their article proposals by 9 May 2011.
Human trafficking is a multi-billion industry that is worth an estimated US$32 billion each year. Human trafficking is also an atrocious crime with many faces: sexually exploited girls growing up in brothels or fishing boys trapped in forced labour. Not My Life is a film that goes around the five continents to unveil the many faces of trafficking.
Julia Immonen is a champion on a mission. In January 2012 Julia will be the first Finnish person to row the Atlantic in what is known as 'the world's toughest rowing race', rowing 2600 miles from the Canaries to Barbados. Her aim is to raise much media awareness and funds for anti trafficking charities.
The much-anticipated Luxor International Forum will gather business, arts and media leading personalities to take action against human trafficking. This landmark event is organized by End Human Trafficking Now! (EHTN!) in collaboration with UN.GIFT, and it will take place in Luxor, Egypt, on 10 - 12 December 2010.
The Buy Responsibly campaign had a successful stop in Vienna on 14 - 19 October 2010, parking its inverted supersized shopping cart in front of the Museum Quarter, one of the ten largest cultural complexes in the world. More than 600 people were informed by volunteers about the campaign and urged to ask the question: "What's behind the things we buy?" Almost 900 people visited the Buy Responsibly website from the 5 - 25 October 2010. 17 people called the newly launched Austrian National Hotline for human trafficking.
Targeting an audience where tweets, blogs and posts are the communication medium, My Dangerous Loverboy campaign uses a multi-platform approach to raise awareness about the internal trafficking of teenage girls into the sex trade. The campaign intends to "create content that will engage and challenge teenagers wherever they are consuming media." My Dangerous Loverboy blossomed out of the creation of a short drama film sponsored by the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre. Input from young women and front line agencies dealing with human trafficking contributed to the story of the film.
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