Praia, Jul 31 (Inforpress) – The executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) called for urgent action by governments to protect the most vulnerable people in human trafficking networks, especially in this time of COVID -19.
Ghada Waly, who made that call in her message referring to the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, which is observed on July 30, also said that every day, in all countries of the world, human traffickers exploit people in search of profit.
“The poor and the vulnerable are at greater risk. Over 70% of trafficking victims who are detected are women and girls, while almost a third are children. The crisis worsened public social services, complicated the work of law enforcement and criminal justice systems and made it difficult for victims to ask for help,” he said.
Against this background, Ghada Waly added, on the other hand, that job losses, rising poverty, closing schools and increasing online interactions are also contributing to increased vulnerabilities and creating opportunities for organised criminal groups.
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