KATIE JONES, The Boston Globe
The International Organization for Migration is pushing to work towards a universal solution for an international issue: human trafficking. What are some of the hot topics? Sentiments in the room expressed a urge for protection of women and children, while some powerhouse countries pushed for increased data collection on trafficking reports.
International Organization for Migration in voting procedure.
The United Nations describes human trafficking as, “The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.”
For the United States, pushing more efficient measures of data collection will have a significant impact on identifying trafficking rings, as well as improving the availability of resources for victims affected by human trafficking.
“In the United States we have a national hotline for victims of human trafficking. We are the only nation in the world to do this. All other nations have suicide hotlines, but nothing for trafficking. This can be a step to solve these issues,” said the delegation of the United States in a statement.
Various countries echoed the need for data organization and improvement, as well as pushing for an economic halt to human trafficking.
“Human trafficking is a business,” said the delegation of Ghana.
Delegation of Ghana
Senegal, a region with high areas of human trafficking, also advocated for an increase in funds to be provided to law enforcement, as well as distributing more humanitarian aid for emergency responses. Germany also supported this cause, believing that trained officers could lead to lower trafficking rates.
“We should be training local law enforcement officers on how to respond to human trafficking reports, as well as how to convict criminals appropriately,” said the delegate of Senegal.
With additional funds for developing nations such as Senegal, the delegation hopes to push these funds towards establishing shelters and infrastructure to better support victims and their families.
In prevention of human trafficking, the delegation of Mexico advocated for addressing poverty, as well as promoting education to women and children on the possibilities and dangers of trafficking.
Going forward, if the committee officially votes to establish human trafficking as the topic of debate, delegates will analyze trafficking through a variety of perspectives — labor, sexual exploitation, as well as tissues, cells, and even organs.