World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is celebrated every year on 30 July to spread & raise awareness of the plight of human trafficking victims and promote and protect their rights.
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2019 theme chosen by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is ‘Human Trafficking: call your government to action’.
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2019 theme highlights the importance of Government action in the interest of victims of trafficking. But the call to action is not only to Governments, but it also encourages everyone to take action to prevent this heinous crime.
United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) had designated July 30 as the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons by adopting resolution A/RES/68/192 in 2013.
Human trafficking is the trade of humans, most commonly for the purpose of forced labor, commercial sexual exploitation or sexual slavery for the trafficker or others. International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labor globally.
According to the UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide. Additionally, women and girls comprise 71% of human trafficking victims.