Trafficking in human beings is a growing global problem and a complicated phenomenon that involves various forms of exploitation. Sexual exploitation, forced labour, debt bondage, child labour, domestic servitude, street peddling, forced military service and the removal of organs – are the different manifestations of this heinous crime.
Trafficking affects the majority of countries of the world. Men, women and children may become victims of trafficking, but the primary victims worldwide are women and girls, the majority of whom are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Traffickers primarily target women because they are disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination, factors that impede their access to employment, educational opportunities and other resources.
Nobody will ever give back to a victim of trafficking what has been lost: affection, a good or a right… but a concrete act of solidarity can help to begin again.
The Project of the European Union “Prevention of human trafficking in the RF”, implemented by International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Moscow, Moscow region, Astrakhan’ and Republic of Karelia, puts a special emphasis on the aspects of the victims’ human rights. Main objective of the Project is to combat this evil phenomenon in the Russian Federation as a country of origin, transit and destination.
The site you are visiting provides detailed information on the specific objectives of the Project and activities to be implemented in Russia, as well as mechanisms and forms of human trafficking, the countries’ counter-trafficking legislation and issues of protection and assistance to victims.
You will also learn about other organizations - our donors, partners and associates, who are involved in the fight against this modern form of slavery…
You will find out what actions are being taken against trafficking in Russia by dedicated and caring people – our true fellows in arms.
Governments of the States, including the Russian Federation, signatory to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, have assumed an obligation to protect their citizens from being trafficked, implementing programs that aim at prevention and the protection of victims.
IOM believes that both governmental and non-governmental structures and society on the whole should join forces in search for effective strategies to combat trafficking, including preventive work, prosecution of criminals and protection and assistance to victims.
Since 1994 International Organization for Migration (IOM) has contributed to the global fight against trafficking in persons through:
* establishing more than 400 partnerships to strengthen the capacity of governments and civil society;
* providing direct assistance to approximately 15000 trafficked women, men, girls and boys;
* implementing over 500 counter-trafficking projects targeting more than 85 countries worldwide.