December 30, 2014

It’s a crime’: Human Trafficking

It’s a crime’: Human Trafficking

It’s a crime’: Human TraffickingHORNA VIENNA – UN Information Service | Did you know that one in three victims of human trafficking is a child? Women and girls make up 70 per cent of the victims. Almost every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, either as a country of origin, transit or destination, making the crime a global criminal enterprise generating billions of dollars of illicit profits every year.

In the run up to the 13th United Nations Crime Congress next April, we are highlighting different crimes, showing their impact on development and how vital it is tackle them to achieve sustainable development. In December 2014 we are focussing on human trafficking, outlining the scale of the problem and telling its transnational story.

The organized criminal gangs involved in human trafficking undermine governments and the rule of law through bribery and corruption. It impacts on the economy: reducing tax revenues and migrant remittances. It shatters the social fabric: family ties and communities are destroyed, children miss out on an education, and public health problems such as HIV/AIDS may be fuelled.

Human trafficking is one of the many transnational crimes that will be discussed at the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar.

Held from 12 to 19 April 2015, the Congress will bring together governments, policy-makers and experts to share their experiences and intensify international cooperation in tackling the threat of transnational organized crime.

As the international community continued to discuss the post-2015 development agenda, so the Crime Congress will focus on the links between security, justice and the rule of law, and the attainment of a better, more equitable world.

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