International Conference on Women Trafficking

Human trafficking has become the fastest growing crime and the second largest illegal trade in the world, generating over $150 billion a year globally. The trafficking of humans to be exploited for personal and financial gain transcends borders and continues despite national and international laws prohibiting such offences. 124 countries have criminalised human trafficking in line with the UN Trafficking Protocol.
The adoption of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking In Persons, Especially Women and Children by the United Nations General Assembly in 2000 signified a continued effort by the international community to end trafficking of humans. The emphasis on women and children speaks to the reality that they are targets for traffickers as they can be sexually exploited and are powerless to fight back. According to UN Women, “Adult women account for almost half of all human trafficking victims detected globally. Women and girls together account for about 70 percent, with girls representing two out of every three child trafficking victims. Women are often trafficked for sex, domestic servitude, forced marriage, and as labourers in the garment industry.
In India, the problem of women trafficking continues to grow at an alarming rate. With modernisation and increased access to technology, the commercial sexual exploitation of women continues to evolve to include online transactions and expand beyond the traditional red light areas. Traffickers transport women between Indian states, and traffic women from neighbouring states of Bangladesh and Nepal, and as far as Eastern Europe and South East Asia. The Indian Government has responded by amending current laws to increase the minimum sentences for traffickers, as well as setting up Anti-Trafficking Units in vulnerable police districts.
Rationale for the Conference

  • To facilitate convergence by bringing the international anti-trafficking community together in an elevated forum. It is a platform that will set the scene for collaboration and coordination among stakeholders in the anti-trafficking community.
  • To mobilise stakeholders to address the problem of human trafficking on an international level through the sharing of best practices undertaken by government agencies, policymakers, NGOs and members of civil society.
  • To bring attention to the current trends of oppression and violence against women and to discuss the changing nature of trafficking.
  • To highlight international protocols and procedures of investigation, prosecution of traffickers and successful victim rehabilitation.

Salient Features of the Conference

  • To underscore the areas of gross violation of human rights committed against women through the act of trafficking.
  • To disseminate information concerning the evolution of women trafficking as a result of modernisation, migration, war, and economic growth.

To bring together international experts in various fields, including members of civil society, law enforcement, and government agencies, to share current policies and best practices being used to combat and eliminate women trafficking.
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