Statement of the UNODC Executive Director on World Day against Trafficking in Persons

Vienna, 30 July 2018 - This year’s World Day against Trafficking in Persons highlights the urgent need to step up responses to the trafficking of children and young people.

Protecting the most vulnerable among us has become ever more important, as humanitarian crises and armed conflict have left children and young people at greater risk of being trafficked. The perils are compounded further still when children and young people are on the move, often separated from their families.

At the same time, human traffickers are misusing the Internet and new technologies to broaden their reach, using apps and chat rooms to exploit and abuse young people, who represent some of our most connected and most engaged online citizens.

Effective anti-trafficking responses, which take to heart the best interests of children and young people, require coordination and cooperation.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is helping governments implement such action through our comprehensive support to countries to implement the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children.

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