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Nepal Earthquakes: UNICEF speeds up response to prevent child trafficking
GENEVA/KATHMANDU, 19 June 2015 - At least 245 children have been intercepted from being trafficked and unnecessarily or illegally placed in children’s care homes since the first earthquake hit Nepal almost two months ago, said UNICEF

Step up action before more tragedies unfold in the Mediterranean
NEW YORK, 20 April, 2015 - “Reports of tragedies on the Mediterranean Sea - leaving hundreds of people, including children, dead or missing – are becoming all too frequent and the human cost all too high.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan meets young trafficking survivors in Myanmar
YANGON, 7 July 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and martial arts icon Jackie Chan concluded a three-day visit to Myanmar today...

Congo Brazzaville and Benin sign accord to fight child trafficking
POINTE NOIRE, Republic of the Congo, 21 September 2011 – The governments of the Republic of Congo and Benin have signed a land mark agreement to protect children...

Child trafficking film premiere spotlights grave child rights abuse
NEW YORK, 19 January 2011 – Not my Life, an independent documentary on child exploitation and abuse today premiered at New York’s Lincoln Centre. The film...

UNICEF to participate in international forum to end human trafficking
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Child trafficking is only one aspect of child exploitation in Central Asia that needs to be addressed, says UNICEF
GENEVA, 31 March 2010 - Only a few cases of child trafficking or sale are officially registered in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and...

Liberia launches its situational analysis report on human trafficking
MONROVIA, LIBERIA, 1 March, 2010 – The Government of Liberia on Thursday launched the report entitled “Situational Analysis of Human Trafficking...

Benin: UNICEF supports successful repatriation of 26 trafficked children to their home country
COTONOU, November 14, 2009 – Following collaboration between the authorities of Benin and Gabon, and with the technical and financial support...

Despite regional efforts, trafficking continues to take heavy toll on children
BANGKOK/WELLINGTON, 1 September, 2009 – A recent assessment of child trafficking programmes in seven countries in East and Southeast Asia...

UAE and country delegations review reintegration process of children involved in camel racing
ABU DHABI, 19 September 2006 – The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Interior and UNICEF today jointly stated that in the past twelve months they have helped over one thousand former camel jockeys return to normal childhood.

Prevention efforts too little, too late; prosecution of traffickers not sole solution
LONDON, 30 August 2006 - Piecemeal prevention efforts in South Eastern Europe (SEE) are failing to protect children from falling prey to traffickers and have relied too much on general awareness-raising, says a report released today by UNICEF and Terre des Hommes which also urges a shift of focus away from prosecution.

Lao television drama highlights dangers of child trafficking
Vientiane 26 May 2006 - Lessons of Life, a compelling television drama about a Lao teenage girl who is trafficked abroad, had its national premiere on Lao Television today. The original ninety minute anti-trafficking drama was produced to warn young people of the dangers they face and to stimulate awareness and discussion.

Lao PDR opens first shelter for women, children
The Lao Women’s Union, with support from UNICEF and other international partners, has opened Lao PDR’s first shelter for women and girls who have suffered abuse through domestic violence or trafficking. 

UNICEF applauds U.S. ratification of trafficking protocol
NEW YORK, 7 November 2005 – UNICEF hailed the United States government today for ratifying a United Nations Protocol aimed at stopping the trafficking of women and children. The formal instruments of ratification were deposited at the UN last week.

UNICEF and Casa Alianza join efforts against violence
PANAMA CITY, 6 September 2004 – With the expressed intention of protecting Latin American and Caribbean children and adolescents in a more effective manner against all forms of violence that affect the region, UNICEF and the international non- governmental organization, Casa Alianza, have recently signed their first regional cooperation agreement.

Benin and Nigeria pledge to fight child trafficking
Cotonou / Abuja, June 9, 2005 - UNICEF congratulates the Governments of the Republic of Benin and the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the signing today, in Cotonou, of a "Cooperation agreement to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons with emphasis on trafficking in women and children.”

Report: Root causes of human trafficking in South Eastern Europe not being addressed
GENEVA, 31 March 2005 – The root causes of human trafficking are not being adequately addressed in South Eastern Europe, says a new report launched in Geneva today.

How to protect children in the tsunami zone
LONDON, 8 January 2005 – Measures to protect children in the Tsunami zone from exploitation, abuse, and criminal trafficking are needed immediately to prevent them from slipping between the cracks, UNICEF said today, outlining the key steps essential to protecting orphans and other vulnerable children.

UNICEF hails world’s first regional agreement on human trafficking
YANGON, MYANMAR, 29 October 2004 – Today ministers from China, Cambodia, Thailand, Lao PDR, Viet Nam and Myanmar signed a landmark memorandum of understanding that sets forth a framework of action to fight human trafficking.

Child trafficking requires action in Lao PDR
VIENTIANE, LAOS, 26 October 2004 – Child trafficking is an important problem for Lao PDR which requires urgent action, according to the first national study on the subject released today by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and UNICEF.

Children in South Asia deserve better protection from sex abusers and traffickers
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, 1 October, 2004 -  A call to do more to target those supplying children in South Asia for the sex trade and other forms of labour has been made at a meeting in Colombo.

UNICEF expresses concern over reports of child abduction and trafficking in Afghanistan
KABUL, 25 September 2003 - The United Nations Children’s Fund today expresses its serious concern over reported incidents of abduction and trafficking of children in Afghanistan.

To end child labour nations must fight trafficking of children, UNICEF says
Thursday, 12 June 2003 – UNICEF said today that efforts to end the worst forms of child labour would not succeed without effective cooperative efforts to fight the trafficking of children and women within and across national borders. On World Day Against Child Labour, UNICEF pointed to estimates that the global trade in human beings is beginning to rival the illicit trafficking of arms and drugs. (Press release)

UNICEF UK report reveals changing face of child trafficking
LONDON, 30 July 2003 - The face of child trafficking to the UK is changing, with children being transported from an increasing number of countries and traffickers widening their operations with new methods and destinations, said UNICEF UK in a new report published today as part of its End Child Exploitation campaign.

Human trafficking, including children, affects nearly all African countries
COTONOU, BENIN  23 April 2004 – Trafficking of human beings affects every country in Africa for which data is available, either as countries of origin or destination, according to a report issued today by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Florence.

UNICEF and Salvadorian government campaign to prevent illegal immigration of children
SAN SALVADOR, 19 August 2003 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila, and the Representative of UNICEF in El Salvador, Juan Carlos Espínola, launched the Central American radio campaign called “La Ruta del Norte” (The Route to the North) on Monday, a programme aimed to persuade mothers, fathers or guardians not to send their children to the United States illegally.

74 additional trafficked children repatriated from Nigeria to Benin
BENIN, 16 October 2003 - Another group of 74 trafficked children, between the ages of 4 and 17 years old, was repatriated to Benin on Wednesday, 15 October.  Like the first group of 116 children who were repatriated on 26 September, these children worked in Nigerian quarries in Abeokuta. At the border, the children were handed over to the Beninese Minister of Family,  accompanied by representatives of UNICEF, Terre des hommes and the European Commission.

UNICEF hails South Asian leadership for children
Kathmandu / New York, 5 January 2002 - UNICEF today welcomed the signing of two important conventions on the trafficking of women and children and child welfare by seven South Asian nations. Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka signed the conventions this week at a summit of South Asian leaders in Kathmandu, Nepal.

East Asia and Pacific region at forefront of action to counter the commercial sexual exploitation of children
BANGKOK, 10 November, 2004 – New initiatives in East Asia and the Pacific are leading the way in combating the commercial sexual exploitation of children, according to senior government officials from across the region.

UNICEF warns urgent action needed to end child trafficking
INDONESIA, 29 March 2004 - On the eve of a UNICEF sponsored regional conference on child sexual exploitation and trafficking in Medan in North Sumatra, UNICEF warned today that urgent action was needed to end child sexual exploitation and trafficking. Surveys conducted in the region showed that trafficking of children was lucrative, well organized within and across countries and linked to criminal activity and corruption.




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