The UNODC just released its 2018 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons and there is cause to celebrate!
- Countries around the world have increased their efforts and have begun to detect and report more victims. It’s possible the increase in the number of victims is due to more successful detection and reporting.
- Globally, we’ve also seen an increase in trafficking convictions.
- Data collection is getting better. As the report states:
“Over the last ten years, the capacity of national authorities to track and assess patterns and flows of trafficking in persons has improved in many parts of the world. This is also due to a specific focus of the international community in developing standards for data collection. Capacity building in data collection has become one of the aspects of counter trafficking activities that the international community considers for evidence-based responses. More countries are now also able to collect and record data and report on trafficking in persons, the capacity to collect official statistics on trafficking in persons at the national level has improved. In 2009, only 26 countries had an institution which systematically collected and disseminated data on trafficking cases, while by 2018, the number had risen to 65.”
Though we can celebrate the growing success of efforts to detect trafficking, get help for victims, and convict traffickers, of course there remains a lot of work to do!
- Women and girls are still found to be more than 70 percent of detected trafficking victims, and trafficking for sexual exploitation remains the main form of exploitation.
- In some countries in Africa and Asia, although trafficking convictions are on the rise, the absolute number of convictions remains very low. There still appears to be hardly any risk for traffickers to face justice.
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