Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons
Joint statement on the occasion of the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons 30 July 2014
Today, on 30 July 2014, we commemorate the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
Trafficking in persons is a grave human rights violation and a serious crime affecting societies worldwide. It victimizes millions of women, men, and children, including those most vulnerable amongst migrant communities, asylum-seekers, refugees and stateless persons, and is commonly associated with many other forms of exploitation, such as sexual exploitation, forced and bonded labour, forced marriages and all practices similar to slavery.
The brutality and injustice associated with trafficking in persons is immeasurable for each and every victim. Their lives, dreams and expectations are shattered.
Trafficking in persons is a very lucrative business. This is illustrated by the most recent estimates published this spring by the International Labour Office which suggest that forced labour in the private economy alone generates US$ 150 billion in illegal profits per year. Two thirds of this figure (US$ 99 billion) comes from commercial sexual exploitation, while another US$ 51 billion are a result of forced economic exploitation, including domestic work, agriculture and other economic activities.
SPECIAL HIGH LEVEL EVENT DEVOTED TO THE FIRST OBSERVATION OF THE WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS
UN Headquarters, New York, July 14, 2014
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a pleasure for me to be here today and to represent the International Organization for Migration at this important event to observe, for the first time, the World’s Day Against trafficking in persons. I would like to thank the Group of Friends United Against Human Trafficking for taking the initiative to recognize the World Day Against Human Trafficking. IOM participates as the global lead agency on migration, and the Chair of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group Against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) for the year 2014. ICAT was created in 2006, to bring together sixteen United Nations entities and other international organizations, amongst which IOM, to respond to the need of a holistic and comprehensive approach to the problem of trafficking in persons, including protection and support for victims of trafficking.
18 July 2014 (Abuja)- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) presents the findings of the needs assessment conducted in Nigeria’s health and education sectors. The findings of the assessment will provide the Government of Nigeria with information on existing skills gap and proffer recommendations on how these could be addressed. The information gathered will also assist the Nigerian National Volunteer Service in fulfilling its mandate to identify Nigerians in the Diaspora who are willing to contribute their skills and competencies towards national development.
This meeting will bring together key stakeholders from the health and education sectors and other development partners to deliberate on the outcome of the needs assessment and provide input on the final report. It is part of the European Union funded project “Promoting Better Management of Migration in Nigeria.” Read more
United Kingdom - The international community has taken too long to recognize how vulnerable women, girls and children are to gender-based violence in crisis situations, according to IOM Director General William Lacy Swing,
Speaking at the “End Sexual Violence in Conflict: London 2014” global summit yesterday (12/6), he called for international action to ensure that perpetrators never hold positions of power that allow them to commit sexual violence against women. He also called for the creation of a system to compensate victims.
The summit, which is co-chaired by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, is the largest meeting ever held to discuss the role of rape in war and how to stop it. The aim is to create an irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict and to find practical ways to impact the reality on the ground. Read more
Central African Republic - IOM’s fifth IDP Return Intention Survey carried out in Bangui, Central African Republic and released yesterday quantifies the increasing hardship experienced by the displaced population. Interviews were carried out from 19-23 May at 34 displacement sites in Bangui with 575 displaced persons.
In comparison to the April survey, the percentage of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who report that they do not have the financial means to return home has jumped from 68 per cent to 79 per cent. The percentage of IDPs who report that they do not feel safe in their neighborhood also increased from 64 per cent to 71 per cent.
There are more than 136,000 displaced persons in Bangui at some 42 displacement sites around the city. This is a decrease from late April, when there were 177,891 displaced persons at 45 sites. It is also a dramatic decrease from the end of December when there were more than 500,000 displaced people in Bangui. Read more