UNODC Organizes Its Second Public Private Partnership Conference On Human Trafficking And Migrant Smuggling

May 9, 2019

17 April 2019, Islamabad – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), with the support of the United States Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (USJ/TIP), has organized its second Public-Private Partnership Conference on Trafficking in Persons. The conference has been arranged in collaboration with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of Pakistan.

The UNODC Pakistan Office has been assisting the Government of Pakistan for over 35 years with the objective of assistance in overcoming common challenges and in meeting international obligations. The aim of the conference is to enhance collaboration among key government stakeholders and the private sector which includes civil society, non-governmental organizations, and private corporations.

It is a matter of fact that women and children in Pakistan are trafficked for sexual exploitation, sometimes in the form of forced marriages. To help minimize trafficking in persons, UNODC and FIA have been working in close collaboration for many years. As partners both UNODC and FIA realize it is important to take all stakeholders, from both public and private sectors, onboard to fight trafficking in persons.

For this purpose, the conference was organized in Islamabad; and numerous senior government officials, law enforcement officers, members of civil society, private sector organizations, non-governmental organizations, the media, and other UN agencies were invited to participate: to recognize and collaborate with the struggle to combat trafficking in persons.

 Mr. Ahmed Mukkarram, Additional Director General Immigration FIA, in his opening remarks appreciated the efforts of UNODC and the assistance provided by the US Department of State. He stated, ‘It is with these efforts that the law against Trafficking in Persons has been enacted in Pakistan.’ He added that ‘such engagement helps improve communication and raise awareness of relevant stakeholders on the issue. It helps recognize the victims and enhances delivery of services for the protection of victims of trafficking in persons and broadens access to available protection services.’ 

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