World Day against Trafficking in Persons

World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2020 (Act to Protect and Assist Trafficked Persons) is designated by the United Nations General Assembly on July 30. Himalai IAS Coaching Centre in Bangalore spread awareness about social responsibility current events for the civil service exams like IAS exams, KAS exams, IES exams, and other competitive exams.

What is human trafficking?

  • Human trafficking is a crime that involves recruitment, harbouring or transporting people into a situation of exploitation like forced labour, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation.

World Day against Trafficking in Person Themes

  • 2020 theme of World Day against Trafficking in Persons is “Committed to the Cause – Working on the Frontline to End Human Trafficking”.This theme particularly focuses on first responders to human trafficking.
  • World Day against Trafficking in Persons (Act to Protect and Assist Trafficked Persons) 2018 Theme
  • ‘Responding to the trafficking of children and young people’ is the World Day against Trafficking in person 2019 theme.

Why we celebrate International Human Trafficking in Persons Day 2020?

  • The UN General Assembly in its high-level meeting held in 2013 to evaluate the Global Plan of Action adopted a resolution A/RES/68/192 and designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
  • The resolution declared the significance of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons is to raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”
  • In 2010, the UN General Assembly adopted the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Establishment of a UN Voluntary Trust Fund for victims of trafficking, especially for women and children is one of the significant provisions in the plan.

International Human Trafficking in Persons Day Facts

  • According to the estimation of the International Labour Organization(ILO), about 200 million people are victims of forced labour globally.
  • According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, considering the worldwide victims of human trafficking almost a third, make up the children, women and children comprises of 71 per cent of human trafficking victims.
  • The world adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and embraced goals and targets on trafficking in persons, in September 2015. It aims to put an end to trafficking and violence against children also the need for measures against human trafficking, and they strive for the elimination of all forms of violence against and exploitation of women and girls.
  • On World Day against Trafficking in Persons, 2020  UNODC focuses on the government action against the trafficking. But they also aim to encourage common people to raise voice against trafficking.