World Day against Trafficking in Persons is an official United Nations observance held on July 30. The observance focuses on raising awareness of human trafficking and the importance of stopping it.
The purposes of trafficking in humans include, but are not limited to, sexual slavery, commercial sexual exploitation, forced labour, servitude, forced marriage, removal of organs etc. Trade in people can occur both within a victim’s country of origin and abroad.
At any given time, about 2.5 million people are affected by human trafficking. Almost every country in the world is involved in trafficking, whether as a country of origin, destination or transit for human trade victims.
World Day against Trafficking in Persons aims to raise awareness of the situation of men, women and children who have fallen victims to human trafficking and to promote and protect their rights.