Monday, January 30, 2023

Crises hindering victim identification: UNODC human trafficking report

Crises hindering victim identification: UNODC human trafficking report

Globally, the number of victims detected fell by 11 per cent in 2020 from the previous year, driven by fewer detections in low and medium-income countries.

The number of convictions for trafficking offences also fell by 27 per cent over the same period, accelerating a longer-term trend registered by UNODC since 2017.

Sharper decreases were registered in South Asia (56 per cent), Central America and the Caribbean (54 per cent) and South America (46 per cent).

Pandemic effect  According to the report, despite reducing opportunities for traffickers to operate, the pandemic may have weakened law enforcement’s capacity to detect victims.

“We cannot allow crises to compound exploitation”, said UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly. 

“The UN and the donor community need to support national authorities, most of all in developing countries, to respond to trafficking threats, and to identify and protect victims, especially in states of emergency.”

Also Read:  Upset Hindus & Buddhists urge New York brewery to withdraw “Nirvana” beer & apologize

The analysis also found that fewer cases of trafficking for sexual exploitation were detected during the pandemic, due to the closure of public spaces. 

Related restrictions may have pushed this form of trafficking into more concealed and less safe locations, making it harder to identify victims. 

‘Self-rescued’ victims Court case analysis featured in the report also shows that trafficking victims who are identified, mostly escape from traffickers on their own and are in effect ‘self-rescued’.

41 per cent of victims escaped and reported to authorities on their own initiative compared to 28 per cent of victims who were located by law enforcement, and 11 per cent by members of the community and civil society.

The report said this was especially alarming considering many may not identify themselves as victims, or may be too afraid to attempt an escape at all.

Also Read:  Ukraine: UN aid reaches Soledar as IAEA boosts safety measures at nuclear sites

War and conflict War and conflict offer opportunities for traffickers to exploit, with the war in Ukraine elevating trafficking risks for the millions displaced. 

The report shows how most victims originate in and are trafficked to countries in Africa and the Middle East.

There are also higher levels of impunity in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Countries in these regions convict fewer traffickers and detect fewer victims than the rest of the world. 

At the same time, victims from these regions are identified in a wider range of destination countries than victims from other regions.

Examination of court cases found that female victims are subject to physical or extreme violence at hands of traffickers, at a rate three times higher than males.

Also Read:  Chip industry under focus as US and China compete fiercely

Children are subjected to seizure and trafficking almost twice as often as adults.

The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.

Women in the dock At the same time, women investigated for people trafficking are also significantly more likely to be convicted than men. 

This suggests that the justice system may discriminate against women and that the role of women in trafficking networks may increase the likelihood that they are convicted of the crime. 

The seventh Global Report on Trafficking in Persons is based on data collected from 141 countries over the 2017-2020 period and an analysis of 800 different court cases. 

(The credit for all the inputs for this story goes to United Nations.)

ALSO READ

home,-belonging,-and-the-holocaust

Home, belonging, and the Holocaust

0
In 1933, Hitler began putting the party’s core racist and nationalist ideology into practice, identifying who could claim Germany as home and who in...

OPINION

malaysian-daily-promotes-church-pongal-picture-on-first-page,-hindus-condemn-appropriation

Malaysian daily promotes Church Pongal picture on first page, Hindus condemn...

0
MahaKrishnan With Dravidianist influence on the rise, Malaysian media appears to be encouraging Christian appropriation of Hindu practices. The Sun, a free national daily reported Christians...
no-vibhuti-or-kumkum,-owners-asked-to-erase-hindu-identities-of-bulls-to-participate-in-jallikattu

No Vibhuti or Kumkum, owners asked to erase Hindu identities of...

0
MahaKrishnan In an attempt to erase its Hindu identity, Jallikattu bull owners were asked not to apply Chandan, Kumkum and turmeric when they bring...

TRENDING NOW

The greatness of our MOTHERLAND

0
Swami Vivekananda If there is any land on this earth that can lay claim to be the blessed Punyabhumi (holy land), to be the land...
Aug. 11, 2022 Croma launch7 (1)

Bistupur gets 1st Croma store of Jamshedpur, 2nd in Jharkhand

0
Expansive Electronics retail destination now open opposite Gopal maidan at Bistupur, Jamshedpur Jamshedpur: Croma, India’s first and trusted Omnichannel electronics retailer from the Tata Group,...

Feel like reacting? Express your views here!

Read More

Comments

Recent

Subsribe Our Newsletter & get Free Daily News & Opinion updates!

Town Post

FREE
VIEW