World Day against Trafficking in Persons is an observance aimed at raising awareness of the issue of human trafficking, as well as promoting and protecting the rights of victims. Trafficking in persons represents a grave violation of human rights, it affects all countries and can involve different forms such as forced labour, sexual exploitation, servitude, and organ removal. This observance seeks to unite the international community in fighting against this global issue, and to remain committed to its eradication.
Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013, the observance is relevant to the UK as trafficking remains a critical issue. In 2019, the UK experienced an alarming rise in potential victims of trafficking, with over 10,000 people being referred to authorities for further investigation. The majority of these potential victims originated from countries in Africa, Asia, and the European Union, highlighting the transnational nature of this issue; while UK nationals too were identified as possible victims of trafficking.
To observe World Day against Trafficking in Persons in the United Kingdom, campaigns are organized by various NGOs, charities, and government bodies to raise awareness of the issue among the public. These initiatives include sharing resources, organizing events, promoting support and services for those affected, and pushing for stronger actions by authorities against traffickers. Recognized annually on July 30, the UK joins countries around the world in solidarity to combat human trafficking and ensuring that the rights and dignity of victims are respected and protected.
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