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Fighting Human Trafficking in Western and Southern Africa
Promoting of culturally appropriate policy responses to exploitative migration of women and children

Human trafficking is one of the most extreme forms of human rights violations, affecting over 2 million people annually. Particularly prevalent in Asia and Eastern Europe, trafficking is also expanding in Africa, where ever-greater numbers of women and children are victims of exploitation in forced agricultural labour, domestic services or the sex industry.

Despite increasing national and international mobilisation to tackle human trafficking, all facets of this complex phenomenon have yet to be fully studied. Poverty has been recognised as a primary factor leading to trafficking, but it is only one link in a long chain of causes. Culturally appropriate counter-measures based on field research are urgently needed.
Rights addressed by this project:

Health and Social Services

Education and Training

Decent Work

Peace and Security


Access to Justice

Freedom of Expression and Participation

Region covered by this project:


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  Saori Terada
Programme Specialist - Project Team Leader

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