Nowadays one of the most dishonourable phenomenon still existing in the modern world is human trafficking. This phenomenon violates human rights, humiliates a person's honour and dignity. Every year millions of people all over the world who search for better life get in slave trade. According to estimates by the International Center for the Prevention of Crime, annual financial flow of this transnational crime comprises $30 bln. It makes human trafficking the second largest source of сriminal business in the world.
In order to increase public awareness of human trafficking, update this issue and familiarize with current global trends in the fight against this phenomenon the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Law Enforcement held a round table «Combating Trafficking in Human Beings. International experience and current trends» on November 10, 2021.
On behalf of iDemocracy in the round table meeting took part founder and CEO of iDemocracy Sergii Vlashchenko as well as Director of iDemocracy NGO Human Rights Initiative Mykola Kuleba The representatives of iDemocracy drew special attention to human rights violations, especially violations of children’s rights, due to human trafficking.
«Unfortunately, these problems and facts that are raised and covered in mass media and internet outlets show that facts turn into certain tendencies, namely that Ukraine is increasingly covered as a country where you can buy a child»,–stated Mykola Kuleba. The representatives of iDemocracy also highlighted the need to speak about problems of human rights protection by raising them higher in public agenda in order to overcome political inexpediency that is controlling lawmakers today.
«Very often protection of children’s rights as well as protection of human rights is unpopular today in Ukraine. Only by raising actual problems, we can move from political expediency to human, civil and public one»,– summarized founder and CEO of iDemocracy Sergii Vlashchenko .
Representatives of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE), former US Ambassador for Trafficking in Persons John Richmond, US expert on human rights Doug Burleigh as well as representatives of the Presidential Office of Ukraine, of the Prosecutor’s General Office, of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, of Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, of National Police of Ukraine, the International Organization for Migration, INGO “А21”, International Charity organization “Child Rescue Service” took part at the round table «Combating Trafficking in Human Beings. International experience and current trends».