EUROPEAN ACTION AGAINST TRAFFICKING -
ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE
WORKING TOGETHER TO STOP TRAFFICKING
I invite you to participate, as an individual or through your organisation, in the European Action Against Trafficking network. Trafficking of human beings has become a global criminal phenomenon and millions of people are being caught up in this destructive web of fear and violence.
According to UN statistics, the vast majority of victims are women and children who are lured, abducted, sold or coerced into forced prostitution and bonded labour. The cost of communications is now so low that millions travel around the world in search of sex and prostitution, which used to be limited by tradition and custom, has become a global market – as has pornography. This massive and rapidly increasing enslavement by criminals must be opposed. All it takes for evil to prosper is for good men and women to do nothing!
is the world's biggest violation of human rights,”
according to Pino Arlacchi, executive director of the UN Drug Control Program. Trafficking
of human beings provides a transnational and complex challenge: it is a criminal
activity, a human rights abuse and an economic empowerment and social justice
issue. Anti-trafficking strategies require a multifaceted and multilateral
have realised that they cannot combat such a complex challenge alone and this
has led to the establishment of the Convention on Transnational Organised Crime.
Signed in Palermo in December 2000 by more than 120 nations it marks a
significant step forward in international cooperation on the rule of law and
combating global crime.
there is an urgency for action. According to Europol Senior Deputy Director,
Willy Bruggemann, “Human trafficking to E.U. member states for sexual
exploitation and illicit labour is increasing significantly.
The indication is that more and more sophisticated crime groups are
involved and the situation will intensify in the near future with more central
European nations functioning as transit countries.”
United Nations and the European Parliament have repeatedly stressed the
indispensable role of non-governmental organisations in combating violence in
all its forms and encouraged their increased involvement.
In response WomenAid International has initiated European Action
Against Trafficking [EAAT]. The programme aims to build a network of
likeminded NGOs and individuals wishing to make a stand against this massive and
rapidly increasing enslavement of human
Mircea Geoana, the OSCE Chairman-in-Office and Romanian Foreign Minister expressed the situation admirably when he stated “Trafficking in human beings is a disgrace to human dignity and an affront to all of us.” "This is not the time to pay lip service, it is time for action."
WomenAid hopes you and/or your organisation will participate in European Action Against Trafficking - for only by working together will we provide opposition to this rapidly increasing criminal activity.
Pida Ripley MA, AKC, Founder, WomenAid International
EUROPEAN ACTION AGAINST TRAFFICKING