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Dr. Saisuree Chutikul of Thailand, a Trustee of the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking, in an interview with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), talked about the importance of education in combating human trafficking.

UNODC:

Human trafficking is often described as a modern form of slavery that can be beaten. What can the average person do to help to fight this crime, and how can we better educate potential victims of
human trafficking?

Dr. Chutikul:

Education and knowledge of trafficking in persons among all members of society are key to beating human traffickers. You have to use all of the means at your disposal to raise awareness about the crime, its nature, causes and damage to victims - Governments, civil society, the press, private companies: each and every entity must work toward promoting knowledge of this issue.

Citizen reporting is a major area which shouldn't be overlooked. Victims can often be society's most marginalized members and it's up to neighbours and friends to look out for one another. On this note, access to authorities is key and the State should ensure that they are easily reachable and that the key departments such as the police are themselves educated about human trafficking...

 

http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2011/February/awareness-and-education-are-key-to-beating-human-trafficking.html

 

Did you know:
 

The estimate of forced labor worldwide is 20,900,000

  • Adults:   15,400,000  

  • Children:  4,500,000 

 

  • Females: 11,400,000

  • Males:       9,500,000 

 

  • State imposed forced labor:               2,200,000

  • Forced labor for sexual exploitation:  4,500,000

  • Forced labor for labour exploitation: 14,200,000

 

These statistics are from the International Labour Organization Global Estimate of Forced Labour 2012

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