ATIP Highlights from October UNODC News

Human trafficking laws must be utilized, UNODC Chief tells UN General Assembly.
“Human trafficking is all around us, in all regions of the world,” the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at a high-level meeting to assess the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said: “We need governments to devote the needed resources to put laws into practice, to support victims, to train practitioners, and to enable inter-agency and cross-border cooperation.” [Read more]

 ‘Time to stamp out human trafficking,’ says Guterres; UN pledges action to eradicate ‘heinous crime’.
With tens of millions of human trafficking victims worldwide, “now is the time to stand together and stamp out this abominable practice,” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told a high-level meeting at which Member States adopted a political Declaration reaffirming their commitment to implement a United Nations action plan to end the scourge. “Human trafficking is all around us , in all regions of the world,” said Mr. Guterres [Read more]

How the UN’s cybercrime unit is helping to track paedophiles and protect children.
Adults posing as young people are using chat apps and social networks to befriend children with the goal of sexually exploiting them, but such abuse can be limited by educating children and their caregivers about the threats online, said Neil Walsh, the head of UNODC global cybercrime programme, adding that criminals are increasingly using newer technologies to evade police, so children need to be empowered to understand the risks. [Read more]

We have a generational opportunity to trounce the traffickers and smugglers of human misery
“When I refused to sell my body they sold me to another brothel”. This is the heart rending testimony of a 13 year-old Nepalese girl named Skye trafficked by relatives to India. Skye’s story ends better than most. Together with her sister, Skye escaped the brothel, returned to school, and now works for the Nepalese organization who rescued her: the globally renowned Shakti Samuha. But for every survivor like Skye, thousands are suffering in silence. [Read more]