VIENNA, 10 December 2009 - OSCE participating States must commit resources and show the necessary political will to tackle human trafficking, Eva Biaudet told the OSCE Permanent Council today as she delivered her final annual report as the OSCE Special Representative for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings.
Biaudet's term ends 31 December. She has held the position since October 2006.
"Fighting human trafficking is the cheapest option for governments, because doing nothing costs more, both in economic and human terms. Politicians need to include the fight in agendas and in budgets," Biaudet said.
"The OSCE is ready to continue helping participating States to combat this crime. Our advantage is that we work both at the operational and political levels - and that fighting trafficking is at the core of the OSCE comprehensive approach to human security."
Her office's 2009 Annual Report, titled "An agenda for change:Implementing the platform for Action against human trafficking"", provides an overview of activities, achievements and challenges during her three-year term.
"Eradicating trafficking may seem like an impossible goal, but if we start by taking a step, then another will follow, and in this way, we might see the end of what seemed to be a never-ending journey. We cannot waste time in the fight against trafficking, because the criminals take advantage of our mistakes and the victims suffer the consequences," said Biaudet.
OSCE Press release
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-Trafficking in Persons Report 2016 -- Complete Report (PDF)
-Introductory Material (PDF)
-Country Narratives: A-C (PDF)
-Country Narratives: D-I (PDF)
-Country Narratives: J-M (PDF)
-Country Narratives: N-S (PDF)
-Country Narratives: T-Z and Special Case (PDF)
-Relevant International Conventions/Closing Material (PDF)
These are some of the things you can do to help fight human trafficking:
Be informed! Educate yourself about human trafficking by reading about it. Follow events in the news. Keep your eyes open - human trafficking is happening all around us.
Raise awareness! Talk to friends, family and colleagues. You could even start talking to your local politicians and authorities.
Get involved! Participate in an anti-trafficking movement in your area and get involved in its activities and campaigns (e.g. hold events, distribute posters, leaflets etc.) in your neighborhood and in schools.
Encourage businesses! Be a responsible consumer! Inform yourself on the labour policies of companies to ensure their products are free from slave labour and other forms of exploitation. If possible, buy fair trade products.
Seek support! If you suspect that someone has been trafficked report it to the institutions or assistance facilities dealing with human trafficking in your area.
"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery."
– President Barack OBAMA