30th July- World Day against trafficking in Persons

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• Despite having National laws against trafficking in Persons, every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad.
• To fight this heinous crime, in 2013 the United Nations General Assembly declared the 30 July as the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
• In 2010, the General Assembly adopted the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, urging Governments worldwide to take coordinated and consistent measures to defeat this scourge.
• The theme for the year 2021 is “Victims’ Voices Lead the Way”.
• This year the focus is on the first responders to human trafficking: the people who work in different sectors – identifying, supporting, counselling and seeking justice for victims.
• People are trafficked for multiple reasons: sexual exploitation, forced labour, forced begging, forced marriage, selling children as child soldiers, as well as for the removal of organs.
• The COVID-19 crisis has made the role of first responders to human trafficking even more vital.
• The world adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and embraced goals and targets on trafficking in persons.