October 1, 2020

Trafficking In Person Cases Likely To Increase Due To World Economic Crisis

Trafficking In Person Cases Likely To Increase Due To World Economic Crisis

Trafficking In Person Cases Likely To Increase Due To World Economic Crisis

By Mike Gwadani

United Nations Drug on Crime (UNDOC) and Global Migration Group (GMG) says Human traffickers and migrant smugglers are likely to take advantage of increased vulnerabilities due to the current world economic  crisis.

World Bank recent report says the world economy has been negatively affected by the effects of the Corona virus pandemic.

Human Trafficking feared to increase

 According to a recent report released by GMG in conjunction with UNDOC with businesses closing down; employers requesting fewer foreign workers and governments halting the recruitment of new foreign labour, many people will take greater risks to migrate.

“In many countries around the world, the current economic crisis and recession have led to an increase in unemployment, underemployment and economic instability, thereby aggravating conditions that render people and communities vulnerable to trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants,” reads the report in part.

“The GMG and its members are committed to drawing on the comparative advantages of each organization to promote the effective and efficient use of existing resources, and to support Member States in complying with their international commitments and ensuring the protection of the rights of victims of trafficking in persons and smuggled migrants”.

The report further says GMG and its members are committed to drawing on the comparative advantages of each organization to promote the effective and efficient use of existing resources, and to support Member States in complying with their international commitments and ensuring the protection of the rights of victims of trafficking in persons and smuggled migrants.

“Member States should review their legislation with a view to implementing in practice all relevant conventions to prosecute traffickers and smugglers, identify victims of trafficking in persons, and protect the rights of these victims and of smuggled migrants, paying particular attention to vulnerable groups.

The report urges Member States to strengthen the skills and capacity of criminal justice agencies responsible for combating trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants as well as social welfare agencies responsible for protecting the rights of those trafficked and smuggled, to ensure they are equipped to pro-actively detect the involvement of criminals and/or organized crime and can take appropriate measures.

“We urged all Member States to ensure cooperation at the national, intra and inter-regional levels to combat trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants while ensuring the rights of victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants are upheld,” it reads.

The report has since urged all actors against trafficking, including criminal justice agencies and social welfare agencies should have the capacity to identify victims of trafficking in persons and to ensure that the rights of those victims and of smuggled migrants are protected, taking into account the special vulnerabilities of children

“Member States should ensure cooperation at the national, intra and inter-regional levels to combat trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants while ensuring the rights of victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants are upheld,” it reads.