UNICEF head seeks cooperation to combat human trafficking

UNICEF head seeks cooperation to combat human trafficking

TOKYO, Jan. 20 Kyodo

The head of U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Carol Bellamy, on Thursday called for all-out cooperation among governments, nongovernmental organizations and citizens to combat trafficking in human beings.

Speaking at a symposium sponsored by the Foreign Ministry on preventive measures against human trafficking in the Asia-Pacific region, Bellamy said trafficking in women and children has enabled the sex industry worldwide to make billions of dollars in profits.

Human trafficking is on a sharp rise worldwide, according to the United Nations. In the past 30 years, an estimated 30 million women and children are believed to have become human trafficking victims in Asia alone.

The U.N. is currently working on a pact against international organized crime in an effort to combat human trafficking.

Toshinori Kanemoto, head of the International Criminal Police Organization, or Interpol, said cooperation is necessary from countries where women and children are subject to international trafficking in order to crack down on human trafficking.

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