The U.N. Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) has produced a report on the discussions, activities and accomplishments of the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking, which took place in February 2008. At the Vienna Forum, over 1,500 government officials, business leaders, representatives of NGOs and international and regional organizations, academics, activists and victims of trafficking came together to build cooperation and generate political will for the continuing fight against human trafficking.
The report summarizes the discussion and key findings, as well as presenting the proposals for future action and recommendations that were made at each session during the Forum. While the Forum addressed all forms of trafficking in persons, some of the discussions focused on topics specific to sex trafficking. For example, one group considered how campaigns to raise awareness might be able to reduce demand by informing users of the sex industry about the violence and exploitation prostitutes experience. Another panel addressed the differences between the vulnerabilities of women and children that lead to their being trafficked and the need for targeted anti-exploitation strategies for each group.
For the full report, click here.
Compiled from: “The Vienna Forum Report: A Way Forward to Combat Human Trafficking,” The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking, 2008