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Transcript of Human Trafficking
Organization, established 1951
Present in over 460 locations
Celebrating its 60th year of service to internally displaced persons, refugees, migrants, victims of trafficking and vulnerable populations worldwide IOM’S Counter-Trafficking Activities Worldwide Prevention and Prosecution
Information and awareness raising campaigns
Research and data collection
Helping governments to improve
legal systems and capacities to
address trafficking Direct Assistance The Vietnamese Issue Since 2003 there has been an increase in illicit commercial cannabis cultivation in the UK. Research by the University of Portsmouth (2008) estimates that there are seventy-five per cent of farms being run by Vietnamese organized crime networks and that it is likely that the majority of Vietnamese people involved in cannabis cultivation are not residing legally in the UK. Vietnamese nationals are trafficked into the UK to cultivate drugs. They are tricked into paying a trafficker, believing that they will arrive in the UK with regular employment waiting for them. Once in the UK their passports are taken from them and they are forced to work in cannabis farms. Pictures painted by rescued Vietnamese children In Vietnam there are virtually no channels of information to counter information provided by smugglers and traffickers, which is necessary for informed, realistic and responsible decisions. Timely information campaigns are an efficient educational and prevention tools because they act on an important component of the migration process; that being the migrant’s intentions and expectations. In an effort to contribute to protect and assist potential migrants, and improve the quality and safety of migration choices, IOM deliver information campaigns to increase awareness of migration realities. Thank You IOM UK CONTACTS
11 Belgrave Road, London SW1V 1RB
TEL: 020 7811 6053
website: www.iomuk.org The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been working to counter the trafficking in persons since 1994. In this time, the Organization has implemented almost 500 projects in 85 countries, and has provided assistance to approximately 15,000 trafficked persons. IOM's primary aims are to prevent trafficking in persons, and to protect victims of the trade while offering them options of safe and sustainable reintegration and/or return to their home countries. As in all things, prevention is better than cure, and IOM carries out information campaigns in both source and destination countries to educate the general public about trafficking in persons, encourage people to report suspected cases, and equip vulnerable populations with the information necessary to better protect themselves from the recruitment tactics of traffickers. The use of mass media ensures that the information reaches large populations quickly, while IOM also works with small media, such as community theatre, posters, and interpersonal communicative methods, to target particular populations with more sophisticated messages. IOM offers direct assistance to victims of trafficking in collaboration with its partners. This includes accommodation in places of safety, medical and psychosocial support, skills development and vocational training, reintegration assistance, and the options of voluntary, safe and dignified return to countries of origin, or resettlement to third countries in extreme cases. IOM estimates that as many as one third of trafficked persons are minors, and adheres to a policy of offering specialized protection to this most vulnerable group. All IOM counter-trafficking activities are developed and implemented within a framework centred on the well being of the trafficked person. Technical Co-operation IOM's technical cooperation activities build the capacity of both government and civil society institutions to better address the challenges posed by human trafficking. This includes the training of non-governmental organizations and government officials, such as police, technical support in the development of counter-trafficking legislation, policies and procedures, and infrastructural upgrades. Counter Trafficking Module
Database In 2000, IOM developed and implemented a standardized CT data-management tool, the Counter-Trafficking Module (CTM), which is the largest global database with primary data on VoTs.
The CTM facilitates the management of the whole IOM direct assistance, movement and reintegration process through a centrally managed system as well as mapping the victim's trafficking experience. In return, it strengthens the research capacity and understanding of the causes, processes, trends and consequences of trafficking. It serves as a knowledge bank, from which statistics and detailed reports can be drawn, informing research, programme development and policy making on counter trafficking.
In all cases, of course, nothing that could compromise the privacy or identity of trafficked individuals is released: strict controls designed to ensure the confidentiality and security of all data have been established.