The UN's deputy secretary-calls for global action to combat human trafficking

UNITED NATIONS: UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has urged the international community to redouble its efforts to combat human trafficking.

"Renewed and reinvigorated global action against this crime (of human trafficking) is needed now more than ever, as economic hardship, conflict, and health and climate emergencies are increasing and compounding vulnerabilities to trafficking, exploitation, and abuse," she said at a high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.

Global crises, such as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, have slowed progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes key goals for preventing and combating human trafficking. Victims are suffering more as a result of this.

In many nations, survivors of human trafficking have had increased difficulty obtaining shelter, food, medical treatment, legal assistance, and other vital services. At the same time, she observed, due to pandemic-related travel and movement limitations, law enforcement authorities confront additional obstacles in discovering human trafficking.

"Human trafficking has withdrawn more into the shadows of our global economy and the dark corners of the Internet, a crime that is often camouflaged in plain sight. Traffickers are abusing information and communication technology, which have grown increasingly essential in the pandemic, to enhance victim recruitment, control, and exploitation "Mohammed stated.

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