The most recent estimate says that 2,4 million humans are held captive worldwide becoming one of the major concerns in social life. It is now a global criminal enterprise profiting US $32 billion a year. Fighting it requires participation from all sectors of society, says UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime).
To find new ways to tackle this scourge, the ‘End Human Trafficking Now: Enforcing the UN Protocol Luxor International Forum’ kicked off today bringing together policy makers, civil society and business leaders from around the world.
The event, organized by the End Human Trafficking Now! Campaign (EHTN!) and the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT).
UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov urged action from a critical and sometimes overlooked player – business: “The private sector has so much to offer in terms of resources, knowledge and influence to combat human trafficking. Raising awareness both within the workforce and the general community on trafficking is critical, and businesses have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure that all aspects of their operations are “traffic-free” – from employees, to suppliers, to partners”.