( UNODC ) - Transnational organized crime is a global threat and UNODC estimates that the proceeds of all crimes amounts to some US$2.1 trillion, or 3.6 per cent of GDP (2009).
International efforts to tackle this threat are being discussed this week during the Twenty-first session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, in Vienna from 23 to 27 April 2012.
There will be special discussions on preventing violence against migrants, migrant workers and their families; strengthening State oversight in civilian private security services; countering maritime piracy; and the treatment of prisoners.
The Commission will also consider the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the United Nations Convention against Corruption, as well as the international instruments to prevent and combat terrorism.
A number of side events will be held during the Commission, including a briefing on the Integrity Initial Public Offering; human trafficking in the context of tourism; the crime-terror nexus; the dignity and safety of migrants smuggled at sea; femicide; HIV prevention, treatment and care for prisoners; corruption surveys in the western Balkans; and countering firearms trafficking.
The 21st Session of the Commission will be chaired by Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand.
Programme of events (pdf)
HOST AN EVENT ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Helping victims of human trafficking is as simple as talking to a friend. Host an event and invite the community to discuss the exploitation of human beings. At this campaign, we are eager to spread the word and we'd like to talk at any community event about human trafficking and victim identification.
For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
-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