This picture comes from the UN Geneva Website. The theme of the day is “Let’s act now to protect and assist trafficking victims”. Executive Director of UNODC has issued the following STATEMENT calling attention to the links between conflict and trafficking and migrant smuggling. “The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants calls for nations, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to enter a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. In preparation, the UN General Assembly will hold a session in Vienna, Austria, on 4-5 September 2017 to discuss these issues, particularly the protection and assistance needed in connection with trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants”. (I hope to attend this session in Vienna on 4-5 September)
Special Rapporteurs Maria Grazia Giammarinaro (Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons especially Women and Children) and Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, (Special Rapporteur on Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children) speaking ahead of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on Sunday 30 July issued this STATEMENT expressing much concern for children and what is happening to them. The title of the statement is ‘Migrant children at risk of trafficking and exploitation as current protection systems fail them’.
Explanation of the raison d’être of the day can be had in English French and Spanish
‘Act to Protect and Assist Trafficked Persons’
This year the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has chosen ‘act to protect and assist trafficked persons’ as the focus of the World Day. This topic highlights one of the most pressing issues of our time — the large mixed migration movements of refugees and migrants. The theme puts the spotlight on the significant impact of conflict and natural disasters, as well as the resultant, multiple risks of human trafficking that many people face. It addresses the key issue concerning trafficking responses: that most people are never identified as trafficking victims and therefore cannot access most of the assistance or protection provided. #HumanTrafficking #EndHumanTrafficking
World Mission Magazine published by the Comboni Fathers in the Philippines published three articels on Human Trafficking in their July edition.
We are all complicit Winifred Doherty, Contributor. A crime gainst children … Fr Shay Cullen, Preda Foundation, and Religious combating human trafficking, Clara Torres Acevedo, Comboni Missionary Sister. Coming soon … the on line version!
Global Sisters Report has an article entitled “The worldwide debate on sex work: morality meets reality”
Lastly the GSIJP prayer for the the month was prepared on this very theme by Donatus Lili, the NGO Regional Designate for Africa. While all of the material above is in English only the prayer is in three languages English French and Spanish