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Media Update: United Nations Pakistan, 29 July 2021

29 July 2021

This Media Update includes: 

  • THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS
  • UNODC - MEDIA ADVISORY : World Day against Trafficking in Persons – Pakistan: 30 July 2021, Islamabad

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

MESSAGE ON WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS

“Victims’ Voices Lead the Way”

30 July 2021

In the midst of a global pandemic, accompanied by rising inequalities and economic devastation, the voices of human trafficking survivors and victims risk being drowned out.

But listening to their stories is more crucial than ever as the COVID-19 crisis increases fragilities and drives up desperation.

As many as 124 million more people have been pushed into extreme poverty by the pandemic, leaving many millions vulnerable to trafficking.

Children are at great and growing risk: they represent one-third of victims globally — a share that has tripled in the last 15 years. Half of victims in low-income countries are children, most of whom are trafficked for forced labour. Criminals everywhere are using technology to identify, control and exploit vulnerable people. Children are increasingly targeted through online platforms for sexual exploitation, forced marriage and other forms of abuse.

Trafficking in women and girls for the purpose of sexual exploitation continues to be one of the most widespread and abhorrent forms of human trafficking. Migrants account for more than half of those trafficked in most regions.

Governments must take urgent steps to strengthen prevention, support victims and bring perpetrators to justice. This includes implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons.

Our efforts must be guided by survivors of trafficking. Their contribution is essential to address risk factors and patterns, and to identify and protect victims and ensure their access to justice and recovery, while holding their exploiters accountable.

The United Nations is committed to listening and responding to the voices of victims and survivors of human trafficking, ensuring their rights and dignity, amplifying their stories and learning from them in our fight to prevent and put an end to this terrible crime.

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UNODC

MEDIA ADVISORY

World Day against Trafficking in Persons – Pakistan: 30 July 2021, Islamabad

At Kehkashan hall 1, Serena Hotel Islamabad tomorrow Friday 30th July 2021 at 09:00 hrs.

Under the EU funded Global Action to Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT – Asia and the Middle East), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), will commemorate World Day against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in collaboration with the Federal Investigation Agency on Friday 30 July 2021 at Islamabad.

“Victim’s Voices Lead the Way” is this year’s World Day against TIP theme. It’s a theme that puts victims of human trafficking at the centre and highlights the importance of listening to and learning from survivors of human trafficking and the crucial role they play in establishing effective measures to prevent this crime, identify and rescue victims and support them on their road to rehabilitation. 

We cordially invite you for the media coverage of World Day against Trafficking in Person Kehkashan hall 1, Serena Hotel Islamabad tomorrow Friday 30th July 2021 at 09:00 hrs.

For further information, please contact:-

Ms. Rizwana Rahool, Communications Officer, UNODC Pakistan, cell: 0301 8564255, email: rizwana.asad@un.org

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Media Update: United Nations Pakistan, 29 July 2021

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