According to the United Nations: “Trafficking in persons’ shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring 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. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”
The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) was first introduced in 2007 and commissioned by a grant from United Arab Emirates. UN.GiFT “was conceived to promote the global fight on human trafficking, on the basis of international agreements reached at the UN. To date, 140 [countries] have signed the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons especially Women and Children.”
UN.GIFTs mission is to reduce the potential of future victims, ensure protection and assistance to the victims, and support the efficient prosecution for all criminals involved. UN.GIFT fights and promotes awareness of trafficking by partnering with governments, businesses, media outlets, such as newsletters, podcasts, and television, academia, civil society, and Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking(ICAT).
To find out more about UN.GIFT, click here.