19 December 2011
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that 2.4 million people (including 1.2 million children, are trafficked globally, generating profits of around $32 billion. A UN study has found that 79% of trafficking is for sexual exploitation while 18% was for forced labour.
Stop the Traffick has developed materials to raise awareness about the issue of trafficking and to help concerned members of the public recognise the signs that someone may be a victim of trafficking. The travel and hospitality industries in particular have been targeted so that those working in the industry, guests, travellers and those vulnerable to trafficking know what human trafficking is, the signs to look out for and how to take appropriate action to prevent the trafficking of men, women and children.
At the conclusion of her recent visit to Australia, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, urged the Australian Government to devote greater attention to the rights and needs of the victims of human trafficking, especially children, while praising the authorities for their commitment to fighting trafficking regionally and domestically.
For information about trafficking in Australia, visit the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) website.