Trafficking in Children and the Best Interests of the Child
17th Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference
Given that countless children across the OSCE region are increasingly vulnerable to violence and exploitation, the 17th Alliance against Trafficking in Persons high level conference will focus on child trafficking and the best interests of the child. Children are hugely at risk of exploitation and being subjected to forced labour, sexual exploitation, early marriage, organ removal, begging and criminal activities such as drug carrying.
A response is thus urgently needed, especially given that, as pointed out by the 2016 UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, almost one in five trafficking victims within the OSCE region is a child. As such, the aim of this two-day conference is to enhance the coherence of international efforts and develop more integrated, effective and expert recommendations to adequately respond to child trafficking in a manner respectful of human rights.
“There is a great urgency to protect this most vulnerable section of society and to act now in their best interests, for regardless of a child’s age, status or origin, their trafficking as a lucrative and viable criminal enterprise simply cannot be allowed to continue.”, said OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Madina Jarbussynova.