Human trafficking is one of the world’s most serious crimes and one of the most complex human rights challenges of our time. Although it is hard to quantify exactly how many women, men and children fall victim to human trafficking each year , it is estimated that as many as 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year. Many more are trafficked within countries.
On the EU Anti-Human Trafficking Day (18 October), Switzerland will launch its first annual anti-human trafficking week, to raise awareness on the different types of human exploitation that exist around the world: forced labour, bonded labour and domestic servitude.
An opening event took place in Geneva to mark the day and to launch the Swiss week against human trafficking.
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According to the UN, between 2007 and 2010, more than 22,000 victims of human trafficking were identified in Central and Eastern Europe. Switzerland has not remained unaffected by this phenomenon. Criminal groups traffic victims from various countries to and through Switzerland. The Swiss criminal statistic indicates 78 registered offences of human trafficking in 2012, a number which may only show the “tip of the iceberg,” according to Swiss Federal Counselor, Simonetta Sommaruga.
During the week of 18-25 October 2013, various events will be organized throughout Switzerland to kick off the country’s first annual week against human trafficking. The week is organized by a group of governmental, social, and civil society stakeholders. For more information about the week, go to: http://www.18oktober.ch
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