Human Traffic Watch

Awareness Of Human Trafficking Is Increasing, But ‘So Is The Problem’

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on September 19, 2012 at 11:04 am

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, the OSCE special representative and coordinator for combating trafficking in human beings, presenting her annual report to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna in December.

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro: On one hand, I must say that the political will [to fight human trafficking] and the awareness [of it] has increased a lot over the past years, so from this point of view, there is an improvement — a clear improvement. Countries have legislation, action plans, and schemes for victim assistance. On the other hand, the phenomenon — the criminal phenomenon — is really rampant and there’s no indication of a decrease. On the contrary, the last estimates issued by [the International Labor Organization] indicate that the phenomenon is increasing, and of course, the response is still not commensurate with the magnitude of the phenomenon.

The phenomenon is not any longer an emergency, as we could think in the 1990s or early 2000s, [when] the idea was that it was an emergency linked mainly with sexual exploitation. Now we are confronted with the fact that there is major labor exploitation, other forms of trafficking, for example organized begging, trafficking for the removal of organs, or to force people to commit crimes. Some women have been used as mules to carry drugs, for example. There are multiple forms now. There is also a continuous demand for cheap labor and a continuous supply of people desperate for money, and this whole situation has been exacerbated from the economic crisis, of course. From this point of view, I would say that the situation is much worse now than a few years ago.

Source: Radio Free Europe Radio Library


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