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 12 Jannuary 2001

UNODC, EU, IOM, and UNICEF Come Together To Deal With Human Trafficking and Smuggling

On January 21st 2016, UNODC entered into a four-year deal with the European Union (EU). In general, the partnership will focus on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. The EU was grappling with a migration crisis throughout 2015 when over a million migrants and refugees entered in the region's countries in hope of getting asylum.

Unfortunately, an increase in number of migrants and refugees also causes an increase in potential crimes related to human trafficking and smuggling of migrants. This is why the implementation of this program, dabbed “Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants” is so perfectly timed.

It is not just the UNODC and the EU that will be in involved in making the program a reality. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) will be stepping in as well to make the agenda a success in several countries around the world.
The aforementioned migration and refugee crisis was caused by political problems in various parts of the world. The potential victims in the EU come mostly from Africa and Eastern Europe. But the program will be implemented in Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, and even Latin America.

The countries where the program will be implemented will benefit from the assistance from the four constituent bodies. The migrants getting smuggled, victims of human trafficking, social organizations trying to fight the vice, as well as government bodies dealing with the problem will get help in their attempts to stem and alleviate the problem of human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

The thirteen countries where the initiative will be rolled out are South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Mali, Niger, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Belarus, Colombia, Brazil, Nepal, and the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

The UNODC Director of the Division for Treaty Affairs, John Brandolino, was quite enthusiastic about the partnership his organization had formed with the EU, IOM, and the UNICEF, especially in recognition of the fact that human trafficking is an epidemic that perpetuates human right violations in their severest forms.

Morgan Nicot explains how smugglers and immigrants work together:

With the recent history-making migration crisis, the four bodies are certainly correct in assuming that their efforts will be needed now, more than ever, to ensure that the problem does not escalate.

The European Union will provide funding for the program. The other three partners, UNODC, IOM, and the UNICEF, will in turn utilize their resources, and links to governments, social organizations, and affected communities to ensure that the program turns out to be a success; and this means keeping the migrants and refugees from being victims of trafficking and smuggling respectively.