Human Trafficking – Position Statement

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Cause the end of HUMAN TRAFFICKING and provide extraction, counselling, and social re-integration services to the victimized. To actively support actions bringing perpetrators to account.

The Dhanji Foundation (Paramos Fondas) and the Institute of International Relations (hereinafter referred to as “InF”) have jointly undertaken an information, awareness and advocacy campaign on critical HUMAN Interest issues that are of Global Concerns with Local Impact.

The campaign includes Forums that identify the Human Interest under critical and imminent adverse impact and suggest actionable measures to prevent and end violations committed, to service needs of the victims and to assist where possible the accountability of persons responsible.

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING DEFINED and the InF’s adoption of the “Palermo Protocol”

UN Palermo Protocol Definition “Trafficking in persons” shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.

 

STATISTICS

UN estimates that 2.4 million people are victims of human trafficking at any given time. Although it is not possible to be precise on this reporting – the number are in all reality higher. The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally, including 5.5 million children. 55% are women and girls.

  • 80% are trafficked as sex slaves
  • 17% are trafficked for forced labor
  • A certain percentage are trafficked for organs – often children

 
InF   Recognition, Scope of Actionability

InF recognizes the broad and penetrating impact particularly to women and children as the majority of the victimized in the trafficked population. Overwhelming activity of the human trafficked population is in the areas of prostitution, sex (tourism / pornography). This includes the use of children in the illicit sex trade and for organs.   Other trafficked population includes men that are hoodwinked into non-indigenous labor markets at great sacrifice to their families and themselves. The emotional, psychological and the brutal disregard to human dignity are the unseen scares to each human being victimized not to mention the lives connected to the targeted victim.

 

We therefore vehemently reject, oppose and support activities that are engaged to ending without compromise HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Actionability

  • Enforceable Migratory policy implementation with government to constrict the ease of movement by the perpetrators of human trafficking
  • Encourage Law Enforcement Agencies to aggressively action case files and investigations of Human Trafficking and the prosecution of the perpetrators.
  • Encourage Law Enforcement to prosecute the benefactors of Human Trafficked services.
  • Engage with communities that are impacted as victims to increase advocacy, awareness and capacity to reject the “bait and hook” approach of the perpetrator
  • Undertake Education programs to provide alternatives skillsets for economic relief where the attraction of the promises made by Human Trafficking Perpetrators is no longer luring.
  • To influence policy and political decision making to include grass roots campaigns

 

Outreach and Advocacy

  • Develop campaigns at schools and media tools, and to reach out with particularity to women and children in less developed, rural and isolated areas, who are prone to higher levels of recruitment by Traffickers.
  • Interact with local community, civil society and religious leaders to foster a network within community to combat Human Trafficking.
  • Work with government to strengthen national legal systems through appropriate capacity and resources.

 

Rehabilitation and Re-Integration

  • Rehabilitate and reintegrate human trafficked victims economically, socially and culturally in the society and provide durable socio-economic alternatives to a life of dignity and productivity.
  • Provide ongoing psychological care and counselling in reintegration processing.

 

Education and Health

  • Provide the adequate medical, psycho-social and reintegration programmes.
  • Provide full and detail attentive care to the suffering of children who have been victims of violations, particularly girls, so as to provide adequate support to help them overcome the trauma and experience.

 

Dialog, Mediation & Peace Agreements

  • Provide Conflict Prevention and Resolution services that can contribute to the release of Human Trafficked victims and where possible the termination of activities by the perpetrators.
  • To work in cooperation with government when to engage in the extraction protection and reintegration of Human Trafficked victims.
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