MaximsNewsNetwork: 04 November 2010 — UNTV: United Nations, New York — The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) formally launched the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children today (4 November); Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined celebrated humanitarians and actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher as well as New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning author-journalist Nicholas Kristof and UN officials at UN Headquarters to lead the Fund’s kickoff.
The Fund is one of the most important elements of the new United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons adopted by the UN General Assembly on 30 July 2010.
Ban said that “when you traffic and enslave a woman or a girl, you hold her future hostage”. He noted that through the Fund “more victims, particularly women and children” will be identified and given “the help and care they so desperately need, reintegrate into society and ensure they never again become a victim.”
Just before the lunch, Moore and Kutcher, who created “DNA”, the Demi and Ashton Foundation, gave a press conference. DNA aims to raise awareness about child sex slavery worldwide, change the cultural stereotypes about the issue, and rehabilitate victims.
Moore pointed out that “the average age of a child sold into sex slavery is 13” and said that “while children are incredibly resilient, are adaptable and incredible survivors” it would be formidable task for any child to fight “an underground industry where the average pimp makes two-hundred thousand dollars on just one girl.”
Kutcher, for his part, said that “there are more slaves in the world today than ever before in human history” and noted that sixty-two years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights came into force, “we are failing option-less victims.”
Human Trafficking is a multi-billion dollar a year business, with profits second only to drug and arms trafficking, and most of its victims are women and children.
UNODC plays a central role in the fight against all forms of human trafficking including, sex trafficking, forced labor, and trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal.
The Fund will provide humanitarian, legal and financial aid to victims of human trafficking, and will be managed by UNODC, with the advice of a Board of Trustees appointed by the UN Secretary-General.
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