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Trafficking of Women & Girls

Trafficking of women and girls is a modern form of slavery. Like slaves, trafficked people are bought, sold and transported against their will, often repeatedly. They are forced into sexual exploitation and servitude through abduction, deception, violence and torture, through the manipulation of fear and threats towards themselves and their families.

Traffickers target those who are most vulnerable, women and children, impoverished and marginalized cultures and communities. Anti-trafficking organizations estimate that between 12 and 30 million people are held in forced labour conditions at any one time and that 2 - 4 million people are trafficked across borders each year.

ICJW and Trafficking

ICJW joins with anti-trafficking organizations to stop trafficking. It supports national and international strategies that address the triad of victim, trafficker and client, and works for cooperation and coherent action at global, international, regional, national and local levels.

Click here for information about the ICJW campaign in conjunction with STOP THE TRAFFIK.

ICJW affiliates are encouraged to join anti-trafficking campaigns, and to urge their governments to sign and ratify the UN Protocol on Trafficking in Persons (2000) and to develop anti-trafficking strategies for effective prevention, protection and prosecution.

A number of ICJW affiliates provide information and awareness-raising to their communities on trafficking. They are encouraged to confront and seek to change within their own communities the social tolerance of sexual commodification and the exploitation of women and girls.

ICJW urges governments to focus on the rescue, rehabilitation, and social inclusion / reintegration of victims. Governments must develop effective systems for identifying victims early, and supply sufficient specialist care, accommodation and legal advice to victims, who must not be prosecuted.

ICJW advocates that victims be allowed a recovery period of 90 days and guaranteed residency permits, with support for women to return to their country of origin if they wish, or to be assisted to become integrated in their new country.

ICJW also advocates for countries to improve the prosecution rates of traffickers, improve anti-trafficking laws,and train law enforcement officers and judiciaries to enforce those laws.

Human Trafficking Search is a multilingual website is aimed at increasing public awareness and at facilitating the elimination of human trafficking worldwide. 

UN Blue Heart Campaign: http://www.unodc.org/blueheart/index.html

Stop the Traffik : http://www.stopthetraffik.org/