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Prevent, combat and eradicate trafficking in persons: UN on World Day against Trafficking in Persons
On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, July 30, observed by the UN agencies and rights groups all across the world, UN Secretary-General in his message said, "Human trafficking takes many forms and knows no borders. Human traffickers too often operate with impunity, with their crimes receiving not nearly enough attention. This must change."

He urged the world community to come together around the key issues of prevention, protection and prosecution to build a future where this crime cannot exist. Thus there was a need for a resolve to prevent, combat and eradicate trafficking in persons in the context of international migration.

"The United Nations is committed to advancing action to bring traffickers to justice while protecting and supporting their victims. The rights of victims must come first — be they the victims of traffickers, smugglers, or of modern forms of slavery or exploitation," he added.

According to him, trafficking in persons is a vile crime that feeds on inequalities, instability and conflict. Human traffickers profit from peoples’ hopes and despair. They prey on the vulnerable and rob them of their fundamental rights.

He expressed his dismay on the fact that children and young people, migrants and refugees are especially susceptible along with women and girls are targeted again and again.

"We see brutal sexual exploitation, including involuntary prostitution, forced marriage and sexual slavery. We see the appalling trade in human organs," he expressed concern.

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