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Today is the International Day against Trafficking in Persons

ByGlobal Darpan

Jul 30, 2023

Kathmandu : Today, in Nepal as well, various programs are being organized to observe the International Day against Trafficking in Persons. This year, the day is being commemorated under the slogan “Reach the Victims of Trafficking, Help them Access Justice.”

This slogan aims to ensure the ultimate end and rehabilitation of the victims of trafficking and deliver a message of protection to the vulnerable groups at risk of trafficking.

In general, any act of compelling someone through coercion, deception, threats, or abuse of power to engage in any form of exploitation or forced labor for the purpose of profiting is considered human trafficking.

Activities like trafficking in persons, child labor, child slavery, child marriage, bonded labor, human organ trafficking, sexual slavery, commercial sexual exploitation, and illegal migration are witnessed in Nepal.

According to the United Nations, the global crisis, conflicts, and climate emergencies have increased the risk of human trafficking. Millions of people are trapped in the clutches of human traffickers due to displacement and socio-economic inequalities.

People affected by poverty, unemployment, lack of education and healthcare, discrimination, violence, and marginalized communities are the main targets of human trafficking.

As per the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the rate of identification of human trafficking decreased by 11% in 2020 and the rate of human trafficking convictions decreased by 27%.

As per the National Report of the Ministry of Women, Children, and Senior Citizens, during the recent period, incidents of human trafficking and cross-border trafficking of women and children have been reported in various countries of Asia, Arab, Africa, Europe, and America.

The complexity of human trafficking has made its control a challenging issue. The need for timely amendment and construction of time-bound laws for the control of human trafficking is emphasized by the partner organizations working in this field.