University General Assembly 2


James de Mouilpied Sancto
United Kingdom

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Among the key tenets of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) are the freedom of movement, free choice of employment, to liberty and the person, and equal protection of the law. The recruitment, transportation or receipt of persons by coercion, as the trafficking in persons is defined (UN TIP Protocol), directly violates these key principles for which the UN stands. With an estimated 2.5 million victims of this aberration across the world, the international community must make this a priority if it is to stand by the principles on which it is based.

The measures taken by the UN to date to combat the problem have included the adoption of the Palermo protocols, the creation of defined action plans (Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, 2010), the broad dissemination of information (the Human Trafficking Knowledge Portal, 2009), and comprehensive technical support (The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking). Despite this effort there still remains an estimated 2.5 million victims of human trafficking across the world.

The causes and consequences of trafficking in persons can be delineated into factors that impact the supply of or demand for trafficked persons. Those aspects driving the supply include inadequate provision of education, a lack of well-pay...