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Article by UNODC

Every year, millions of children, women and men fall into the hands of traffickers, lured by fake promises and deceit. Human trafficking has become a global multi-billion-dollar enterprise, affecting nearly every country in the world.

Today, there are millions of people whose liberty, dignity and essential human rights have been stolen. They are coerced into sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude, forced begging and stealing, and even compelled to “sell” skin and organs.

But we can change that. Together.

On the 2017 World Day against Trafficking in Persons, UNODC calls on all to ‘act to protect and assist trafficked persons’. This topic highlights one of the most pressing issues of our time — the large mixed migration movements of refugees and migrants. The theme puts the spotlight on the significant impact of conflict and natural disasters, as well as the resultant, multiple risks of human trafficking that many people face. It addresses the key issue concerning trafficking responses: that most people are never identified as trafficking victims and therefore cannot access most of the assistance or protection provided.

Show your solidarity with victims of human trafficking: Download the ‘ how to‘ for more details on getting involved, support the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking through a ’24 hour’ crowd funding campaign and participate in the activities on 30 July, marking the World Day throughout the globe.

Click here to donate to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons