Seminar on Human Trafficking

United Nations, Praia, June 30, 2014 -"Human Trafficking" means the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of threat, use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of abuse of power, or of a position of vulnerability, or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.

Recent calculations show that human trafficking has already claimed 25 million victims throughout the world, generating about 32 million dollars per year, while the International Labour Organization (ILO), estimates that there are 13 million people in the world subject to forced labour.

Regarding this, the Ministry of Justice in Cape Verde, along with the United Nations System in Cape Verde (UNS) through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), organised a seminar from 30 June to 4 July, on human trafficking, in partnership with the United States Embassy in Cape Verde and the Observatory on Trafficking in Human Beings (OTSH).

In the opening session, chaired by the Minister of Justice José Carlos Correia, the Coordinator of the United Nations in Cape Verde Ulrika Richardson stressed how " the importance of this event resides not only with contributing to the abolition of human exploitation by man, but also in the fact that the crime of human trafficking is a complex phenomenon, difficult to detect, with low visibility and that, for this reason, it is needed a strengthening of capacities continuous of all actors in the public and civil society in order to allow not only for the effective identification of the victims but also the effective identification of traffickers, and to bring the perpetrators of trafficking to justice".

It was recalled that in 2000, the UN Member States, including Cape Verde, signed the Additional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Organised Transnational Crime, aiming to prevent, suppress and prevent human trafficking especially of women and children.

According to the Minister of Justice José Carlos Correia, the crime of human trafficking is without a doubt a horrendous and unacceptable crime, that often happens silently, where its victims do not have the ability to make themselves heard or noticed. He also stressed how "the efforts made to organise this seminar and the commitment of participants, as well as the results of this training and awareness action, will allow Cape Verde to progress quickly in relation to the prevention and repression of this crime".

Among the subjects to be addressed in this seminar, the main focus is on raising awareness and identifying victims within the framework of existing legislation, as well as investigating and prosecuting cases of human trafficking.


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