Research Papers

Trafficking in Human Beings, Especially Women and Children, in Africa

UNICEF | September, 01 , 2003
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This report is the result of a research initiative promoted by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre and supported by the Governments of Italy and Sweden. It is anchored in the commitment by Heads of State at the EU-Africa Summit in Cairo, held in April 2000, to identify democracy, human rights and good governance as being among an agreed set of eight priority areas for political action. During the first Africa-Europe Ministerial Conference, held in Brussels in October 2001, the issue of trafficking in women and children was further identified as one of the most worrying phenomena in Africa and government representatives expressed their “desire to press ahead with the preparation of an action plan to combat trafficking in human beings, particularly women and children”. The Action Plan is expected to focus on the strengthening of legal frameworks, prevention and combating of trafficking in human beings, protection and support of victims, and collaboration among regions and states.

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