HANOI, July 30, 2018 – Human trafficking affects every country in the world, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims. Children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. Additionally, women and girls comprise 71 per cent of human trafficking victims.
In order to raise awareness and encourage the international community to take increased action against human trafficking, the United States Embassy, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations Action for Cooperation against Trafficking in Person (UN-ACT) co-hosted a one-day workshop and event in Hanoi to commemorate both the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons and Vietnam’s National Day Against Human Trafficking on July 30.
“Trafficking in persons exists today in every country and every economic sector. Whether the business is apparel, clothing, coffee, entertaining or construction, this much is clear: no workplace or community is immune to human trafficking. As we mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, we are reminded, sadly, that those most vulnerable are too often exposed to disproportionate risks of exploitation and abuse when looking for better opportunities away from home,” said IOM Chief of Mission David Knight,.
This year, the UNODC has chosen “Responding to the Trafficking of Children and Young People” as the focus of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. This year’s campaign highlights the fact that almost a third of trafficking victims are children. The theme draws attention to the issues faced by trafficked children and to possible action initiatives linked to safeguarding and ensuring justice for child victims.
“Today is an ideal opportunity to discuss gaps in effective law enforcement, and better understand the relevant articles of the new Penal Code,” U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Caryn McClelland told the group. “Our collaborative efforts today matter. They will encourage proper implementation of the Penal Code and are crucial to ensuring traffickers face justice and ensure victims’ services are administered effectively throughout Vietnam. Together, we can take the necessary steps to end human trafficking in Vietnam.”
During the workshop, representatives from the Government of Vietnam, foreign embassies, international organizations, and non-governmental organization discussed Vietnam’s National Plan of Action (NPA) on anti-trafficking for the years 2016 – 2018, and learned about the application of the revised penal code’s Articles 150 and 151, which criminalized all forms of labor trafficking and most forms of sex trafficking.
During the NPA review workshop, the participants presented on their achievements as well as challenges related to the implementation of the plan of action. The workshop provided an opportunity for the representatives of governments and the international organizations to discuss recommendations and initiatives that will contribute to more effective implementation of the NPA for the period 2019-2020.