The Global Community has had work on the global fight against trafficking of human beings: aspects and issues ever since 1985. A short list of our previous work on the global fight against trafficking of human beings: aspects and issues.
For more recent work on the global fight against trafficking of human beings: aspects and issues read the following table.
Global Community Trafficking Victim Assistance Center
It is a network of safe houses which functions as the hub of rescue, repatriation and rehabilitation activities for trafficking victims - a complex operation requiring close liaisons with international government agencies, law enforcement and NGOs focusing on all aspects of counter-trafficking. In cooperation with the Agency of Global Police (AGP), this global coalition has activities focusing on rescue, repatriation, shelters, protection, and prevention.
Trafficking in human beings is one of the criminal phenomena that grew the most intensely at the end of the last millennium, largely because it is highly lucrative.
It is estimated that more than 700,000 people a year fall victim to the phenomenon. The proliferation of the
problem is directly linked to immigration policies and to the economic and social crises in certain States and
regions of the world. Trafficking is facilitated by the complications of international judicial and police
cooperation. Trafficking in human beings concerns all individuals but essentially affects women and
children. Victims are taken in by enticing job offers or promises of a better life. They are quickly
taken in hand by traffickers, brought into the Global Community illegally or with forged identity documents,
and then forced to engage in activities that are highly lucrative for those who exploit them: work in
illegal workshops, erotic shows, prostitution and begging. They are often beaten and raped to break their
resistance or to deter them from denouncing the traffickers. Trafficking often has ties with organised
crime. The Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime to Prevent,
Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, defines trafficking as 'the
recruitment, transport, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force
or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of
vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having
control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum,
the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or
services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
The different actions being taken to combat trafficking fall into two categories:
Parliament proposes the adoption of a legislative arsenal to combat trafficking in human beings.
The phenomenon of trafficking has always existed. To end what used to be known as the white slave trade several international conventions were adopted in the first half of the 20th century. They were subsequently replaced by the Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others, of 2 December 1949, which punishes any person who:
Parliament proposes provisions for the protection of victims of trafficking in human beings, in particular:
It urges States:
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