On the occasion of the 10th of December, commemoration day of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly, CAP International is releasing the transcript of the side-event organised on June 22nd, 2021, entitled “championing the elimination of trafficking in human being and the exploitation of prostitution”.
Co-sponsored by Permanent Missions of France, Sweden and Iceland to the UN in Geneva and organised in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the event gathered 250+ participants to highlight international human rights as an instrument to eliminate sexual exploitation and to share best practices on how to combat sexual exploitation at international and national levels.
While most identified victims are women and girls, their sexual exploitation being the purpose of trafficking is linked to organised crime in most cases. The total number of victims has grown considerably following the unprecedented increase in migration and forced displacement, due to armed conflicts, persecution, human rights violations, and the outbreak of COVID-19.
Creating a platform to share lessons learned on efforts to eliminate sexual exploitation and improving cooperation is key to eliminating prostitution and trafficking for the purpose of prostitution, that are “incompatible with the dignity and worth of the human person” as the 1949 UN Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others stated it.
CAP International warmly thanks the panellists of the event!
Watch the replay here