High School General Assembly 4


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Delegation: Republic of Madagascar

Committee: General Assembly Committee 4

Agenda: Improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons_**

Improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons

1. Introduction

Human trafficking is defined as “the action or practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation.” It can be looked upon as “modern day slavery” which is enforced or chosen whereby they face exploitative situations for the sake of economic gain.

Human Trafficking has been categorized as a heinous organized crime from land to land. It subjects the trafficked people to abuse mentally, physically and sexually for the mere reason of a cut throat poverty and unemployment. This is an impending issue that needs the attention and recognition of the global forum so as to save the upcoming generations from the fear of losing their right of life, slaying slavery and servitude, as well as saving them from being subjugated by inhuman and cruel treatment. This invokes Articles 3,4 and 5 of the UN preamble and recognizing accordance with General Assembly resolution 55/25 of 15 November, 2000 which deals with transnational organized crime and protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking and protocol against smuggling of migrants. Traffickers recruit, transport, transfer, harbor and receive people by threats, by coercive means, by abduction, by fraud, by abusing power, by buying people or by giving benefits or by deception for the purpose of sexual exploitation, forced labor, organ trade, slavery or other forms of exploitation.

The dirty flesh trade yields about 3.2 billion USD with over 2.7 million victims. 79 % of the people are victimized for sex trade, 18% for forced labor and remaining 3 % for other exploitation.

2. Bloc Positions

No country would approve of human trafficking, however, the question rests on the extent to which each country would allow the international community to intervene and resolve the issue when the need arises and many wish to take their own measures so as to protect their sovereignty. Moreover, in order to safeguard mutual interests, countries form blocks and take common positions. As far as human trafficking is concerned, the different power blocks take stance based on their demographics, political, economic, social and legislative proclivities.

The Western Europe and North American bloc represented by most well developed, industrialized and wealthy nations are often destination points of human traffickers. A UNODC report suggests that most members of this bloc have domestic legislation that protects against human trafficki...