DAY AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING: CARITAS, GOVERNMENTS MUST PROTECT VICTIMS

On the occasion of the first United Nation’s World Day against Trafficking in Persons which is celebrated today, Caritas Internationalis urges decision-makers at all levels to increase their efforts to "protect the rights of trafficked people, punish the perpetrators and increase cross-border cooperation to fight this crime". "Every day – a statement from Caritas Europa reads – thousands of people across the globe are sold into slavery as forced labourers, prostitutes or beggars. Some 2.4 million people are estimated to be victims of trafficking in the world. And one in four of them are children". According to Martina Liebsch, head of policy at Caritas Internationalis, Caritas "welcomes the World Day against Trafficking in Persons" as "an opportunity to remind people of the instruments available to protect trafficked people". First of all the Palermo Protocol, which is a key anti-trafficking tool that was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2000. As of now, 159 countries have ratified it, but "ratifying does not mean implementing". Hence Caritas calls on all countries to "invest money and resources to efficiently implement" the Protocol. (continued)” “” “

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