CSW: Economic Empowerment Could Be The Answer to Human Trafficking

By KATIE JONES, The Boston Globe

“Human trafficking is directly connected to poverty and illiteracy,” said the delegation of the United States in a passionate speech pushing for the economic independence of women.

A common theme emerging from the Commission on the Status of Women is a need to provide women with the opportunity to become economically self-sufficient.

Members of the “Better Together” bloc.

A group of nations, known as the “Better Together” bloc are focusing on improving social and labor conditions to impact women in a positive and economical way. The “Better Together” bloc is compiled of nations around the world, including the United States, Spain, Canada, Russia, Qatar, and others.

India, who is also a member of the “Better Together” bloc, is advocating for microfinancing and the distribution of microloans to those interested.

“By providing micro-financing to independent women, these loans can allow women to start their own businesses and contribute economically to society, instead of forcing women to become dependent on men,” said the delegation of India.

One of the highlights of the “Better Together” bloc’s working paper, is the International Transportation Initiative, created by the delegation of the United States.

The delegation of the United States discussing the International Transportation Initiative.

The International Transportation Initiative, or ITI, are guidelines that would provide transportation personnel the training that is necessary to identify victims of sex trafficking. Additionally, the ITI would work to create a more accurate and efficient system of reporting incidents for those who work in the transportation industry.

“The goal of the International Transportation Initiative would prevent false accusations and relief for real victims. We want to make the process as accurate, fair, and safe as possible for those involved,” said the delegation of United States.

Additionally, the ITI would eventually be expanded to function within the jurisdiction of border security. On the border, personnel would be provided with accurate training to identify sex trafficking, as well as training on how to properly detain those accused of trafficking.

As the Globe previously covered, the International Organization for Migration advocated intensely for better data collection methods to stop human trafficking. The Commission on the Status of Women seems to have different ideas.

“Even though data collection helps, it’s not going to stop human trafficking before it even occurs. We need to focus on methods that are going to prevent attacks from even happening in the first place,” said the delegation of the United Kingdom when discussing the best solutions for stopping trafficking rings.

While there were many plausible ideas brought forth, the CSW continues to focus on the root of the problem: poverty.

“Poverty stems from a lack of opportunities. If we can create these opportunities for women, we can essentially end human trafficking,” said the delegation of Iran.


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