There is a need to reiterate the importance of fighting the global menace of human trafficking and to urgently find regional solutions as the trade effects the lives of millions around the globe, especially women and children.
This was said by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Representative in Pakistan Cesar Guedes at the body’s third regional meeting here on Thursday.
The meeting, part of the Global Plan of Action was attended by senior law enforcement officials from Bahrain, Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, Qatar and Pakistan, with discussions on emerging routes and challenges related to human trafficking and migrant smuggling in the region.
The participants deliberated on practical solutions for enhancing information sharing among regional countries.
Guedes said human trafficking and migrant smuggling exploit and victimise millions around the world, urging “countries in the region need to work together to devise an effective strategy for eliminating this crime.”
He assured that UNODC would continue to support the Government of Pakistan in eliminating human trafficking.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2014.
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