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World Day against Trafficking in Persons

On the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the UN aims to create awareness about human trafficking and worldwide efforts to defeat this scourge.

Millions of people are victims of human trafficking.
Millions of people are victims of human trafficking and almost a third are children.
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In 2013, the UN member states adopted a resolution which designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. They declared that such a day was necessary to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”

The Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons was adopted in 2010 and urges governments worldwide to take coordinated and consistent measures to defeat human trafficking in all its forms. The UN plan calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the UN’s broader programs to boost development and strengthen security worldwide.

Many Children Are Trafficked

Almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide are children, according to the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons released in December 2016 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Women and girls comprise 71% of human trafficking victims, the same report states.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), around 21 million people are victims of forced labor globally, and of these, a significant number are also trafficking victims.

The UN plan calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the UN’s broader programs to boost development and strengthen security worldwide.

Serious Threat to Human Dignity

The UN resolution also states that trafficking in persons, especially women and children, constitutes an offense and a serious threat to human dignity and physical integrity, human rights, and development. Despite sustained measures taken at the international, regional, and national levels, trafficking in persons remains one of the grave challenges facing the international community, which also impairs the enjoyment of human rights and needs a more concerted international response.

According to the 2016 UN report, women and girls tend to be trafficked for marriages and sexual slavery, while men and boys are typically exploited for forced labor in the mining sector, as porters, and as soldiers. It also states that refugees from war and persecution are particularly vulnerable to becoming victims of human trafficking.

World Day against Trafficking in Persons Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
WedJul 302014World Day against Trafficking in PersonsUnited Nations observance
ThuJul 302015World Day against Trafficking in PersonsUnited Nations observance
SatJul 302016World Day against Trafficking in PersonsUnited Nations observance
SunJul 302017World Day against Trafficking in PersonsUnited Nations observance
MonJul 302018World Day against Trafficking in PersonsUnited Nations observance
TueJul 302019World Day against Trafficking in PersonsUnited Nations observance
ThuJul 302020World Day against Trafficking in PersonsUnited Nations observance

Quick Facts

July 30 is the UN World Day against Trafficking in Persons

World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017

World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2018

Monday, July 30, 2018

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
World Day against Trafficking in PersonsEnglish
Día Mundial contra la Trata de PersonasSpanish
יום העולם נגד סחר בבני אדםHebrew
اليوم العالمي لمكافحة الاتجار بالأشخاصArabic
인신 매매 반대 세계의 날Korean
Welttag gegen den MenschenhandelGerman

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