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Every year millions of people around the world fall into the hands of human traffickers - a criminal enterprise netting $150 billion USD each year. Sex trafficking represents $99 billion -- 66% -- of the industry with a majority of the profits made from the exploitation of women and girls.

 

In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted The Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons to mobilize and coordinate efforts to end this human rights violation. The Global Plan calls on governments, UN bodies, international organizations and civil society to work together to integrate the fight against human trafficking into the UN’s broader programs on global development and to strengthen security around the world. It also calls for a UN fund for trafficking victims, especially women and children. The Plan is reviewed every four years, with the next review set for 27-28 September 2017.

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Complementing the Global Plan are the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a roadmap whose 17 goals and 169 targets have been developed to “stimulate action through 2030 (“Agenda 2030”) in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet” – including gender equality. Three of the SDG targets directly relate to trafficking and the implementation of the Global Plan of Action: Target 5.2 (trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls), Target 8.7 (forced labor and child labor) and Target 16.2 (all other forms of child trafficking). Used together, the Global Plan of Action and the Sustainable Development Goals can be powerful tools to comprehensively address sex trafficking. Alternatively, if governments and the United Nations don’t prioritize ending sex trafficking, victimsare in danger of continuing violations at the hands of traffickers, pimps and buyers.

Equality Now and our partners are concerned that sex trafficking appears to be falling under the radar for both governments and the United Nations. For instance, a recent High Level Political Forum reviewing SDG 5 made no reference to sex trafficking even though target 5.2 specifically calls for the need to address trafficking of women and girls and sexual exploitation. A failure to address trafficking for sexual exploitation, which encompasses 54% of all human trafficking victims, would leave millions of women and girls vulnerable to continued violence and abuse; it would also be in direct violation of the United Nations’ Palermo Protocol -- the leading international treaty on combatting trafficking in persons. In it, sex trafficking is officially defined as one of the four distinct types of trafficking in persons. 171 countries have signed on to the Protocol and committed to implementing its policies to end human trafficking -- for each of the four individual types.

With women and girls making up 96% of all victims trafficked for sex, Equality Now and our partners realize that it is vital that sex trafficking is prioritized in the review of the Global Plan of Action and the resulting Political Declaration that governments will adopt  as the way forward.

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The facts and figures tell the devastating story of the human rights violations and abuse millions of women and girls suffer every year - and the profit that is being made from their exploitation.  

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"The new agenda is a promise by leaders to all people everywhere. It is a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world…It is rooted in gender equality and respect for the rights of all. Above all, it pledges to leave no one behind."

- Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announcing the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

With only two months to go until the UNGA review of the Global Plan, Equality Now has launched this campaign to make sure that sex trafficking is addressed as its own distinct form of human trafficking in the Global Plan of Action and that women and girls aren’t left behind.

 

1. Sign your name!

Join us in calling on the UN to prioritize ending sex trafficking with all other forms of trafficking in the September 2017 review of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

 

2. Download and share!

30 July is the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons – a day to raise awareness of human trafficking and to protect and promote victims’ rights. We need your help to spread the word on why the UN and Member States need to prioritize an end to sex trafficking!

Download a full range of images for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (.zip file)

The letter below will be sent to:

Peter Thomson, President - 71st Session of the General Assembly
EM: opga71@un.org
PH: +1-212-963-1234
TW: @UN_PGA
FB: @unitednations

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights / Chair of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons
EM: zraad@ohchr.org
PH: +41 22 917 9220
TW: @UNHumanRights
FB: @unitednationshumanrights

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Dear…., 

I am concerned about the increasing number of women and girls who are being trafficked for sexual exploitation. According to the 2016 UNODC Global Trafficking in Persons Report, 54% of trafficking victims are sexually exploited and 96% of all sex trafficking victims are women and girls. If ending sex trafficking is not a priority for Member States and the United Nations, millions of women and girls will continue to suffer from violence and discrimination. 

Sex trafficking is one of four internationally recognized forms of trafficking. The international legal definition of human trafficking contained in the Palermo Protocol needs to be fully supported and implemented by the United Nations and Member States. Currently, 171 states are party to the Palermo Protocol. I ask you to renew the call for 100% ratification and implementation of the Palermo Protocol. 

The Global Plan of Action  to Combat Trafficking in Persons and the Sustainable Development Goals address human trafficking in three specific targets — from the trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls (target 5.2), to forced labour and child labour (target 8.7), to all forms of child trafficking (16.2). There should be no hierarchy among these SDG targets; they should each be prioritized by the United Nations and Member States.  

I am calling on you to ensure that ending sex trafficking and sexual exploitation has equal priority for Member States and the United Nations in the upcoming Review of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons in September 2017.

Respectfully yours,
 

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Every year millions of people around the world fall into the hands of human traffickers - a criminal enterprise netting $150 billion USD each year. Sex trafficking represents $99 billion -- 66% -- of the industry with a majority of the profits made from the exploitation of women and girls.

 

In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted The Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons to mobilize and coordinate efforts to end this human rights violation. The Global Plan calls on governments, UN bodies, international organizations and civil society to work together to integrate the fight against human trafficking into the UN’s broader programs on global development and to strengthen security around the world. It also calls for a UN fund for trafficking victims, especially women and children. The Plan is reviewed every four years, with the next review set for 27-28 September 2017.

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DOWNLOAD FOR TWITTER OR FOR INSTAGRAM

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Complementing the Global Plan are the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a roadmap whose 17 goals and 169 targets have been developed to “stimulate action through 2030 (“Agenda 2030”) in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet” – including gender equality. Three of the SDG targets directly relate to trafficking and the implementation of the Global Plan of Action: Target 5.2 (trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls), Target 8.7 (forced labor and child labor) and Target 16.2 (all other forms of child trafficking). Used together, the Global Plan of Action and the Sustainable Development Goals can be powerful tools to comprehensively address sex trafficking. Alternatively, if governments and the United Nations don’t prioritize ending sex trafficking, victimsare in danger of continuing violations at the hands of traffickers, pimps and buyers.

Equality Now and our partners are concerned that sex trafficking appears to be falling under the radar for both governments and the United Nations. For instance, a recent High Level Political Forum reviewing SDG 5 made no reference to sex trafficking even though target 5.2 specifically calls for the need to address trafficking of women and girls and sexual exploitation. A failure to address trafficking for sexual exploitation, which encompasses 54% of all human trafficking victims, would leave millions of women and girls vulnerable to continued violence and abuse; it would also be in direct violation of the United Nations’ Palermo Protocol -- the leading international treaty on combatting trafficking in persons. In it, sex trafficking is officially defined as one of the four distinct types of trafficking in persons. 171 countries have signed on to the Protocol and committed to implementing its policies to end human trafficking -- for each of the four individual types.

With women and girls making up 96% of all victims trafficked for sex, Equality Now and our partners realize that it is vital that sex trafficking is prioritized in the review of the Global Plan of Action and the resulting Political Declaration that governments will adopt  as the way forward.

The scope of the problem - download and share!

The facts and figures tell the devastating story of the human rights violations and abuse millions of women and girls suffer every year - and the profit that is being made from their exploitation.  

DOWNLOAD FOR TWITTER OR FOR INSTAGRAM

DOWNLOAD FOR TWITTER OR FOR INSTAGRAM

"The new agenda is a promise by leaders to all people everywhere. It is a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world…It is rooted in gender equality and respect for the rights of all. Above all, it pledges to leave no one behind."

- Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announcing the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

With only two months to go until the UNGA review of the Global Plan, Equality Now has launched this campaign to make sure that sex trafficking is addressed as its own distinct form of human trafficking in the Global Plan of Action and that women and girls aren’t left behind.

 

1. Sign your name!

Join us in calling on the UN to prioritize ending sex trafficking with all other forms of trafficking in the September 2017 review of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

 

2. Download and share!

30 July is the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons – a day to raise awareness of human trafficking and to protect and promote victims’ rights. We need your help to spread the word on why the UN and Member States need to prioritize an end to sex trafficking!

Download a full range of images for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (.zip file)

The letter below will be sent to:

Peter Thomson, President - 71st Session of the General Assembly
EM: opga71@un.org
PH: +1-212-963-1234
TW: @UN_PGA
FB: @unitednations

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights / Chair of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons
EM: zraad@ohchr.org
PH: +41 22 917 9220
TW: @UNHumanRights
FB: @unitednationshumanrights

Dear…., 

I am concerned about the increasing number of women and girls who are being trafficked for sexual exploitation. According to the 2016 UNODC Global Trafficking in Persons Report, 54% of trafficking victims are sexually exploited and 96% of all sex trafficking victims are women and girls. If ending sex trafficking is not a priority for Member States and the United Nations, millions of women and girls will continue to suffer from violence and discrimination. 

Sex trafficking is one of four internationally recognized forms of trafficking. The international legal definition of human trafficking contained in the Palermo Protocol needs to be fully supported and implemented by the United Nations and Member States. Currently, 171 states are party to the Palermo Protocol. I ask you to renew the call for 100% ratification and implementation of the Palermo Protocol. 

The Global Plan of Action  to Combat Trafficking in Persons and the Sustainable Development Goals address human trafficking in three specific targets — from the trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls (target 5.2), to forced labour and child labour (target 8.7), to all forms of child trafficking (16.2). There should be no hierarchy among these SDG targets; they should each be prioritized by the United Nations and Member States.  

I am calling on you to ensure that ending sex trafficking and sexual exploitation has equal priority for Member States and the United Nations in the upcoming Review of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons in September 2017.

Respectfully yours,
 

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