“Fighting Human Trafficking:  Partnership and Innovation to End Violence against Women” was the theme of the gathering of experts and survivors in April at the UN. Among the participants were Rani Hong and Somaly Mam, both of whom were victims of trafficking.

They are now leading the fight against commercial sexual exploitation. Ms. Hong and her husband, who had also been trafficked, founded the Tronie Foundation: Ms. Mam also endured terrible atrocities. Not only was she the victim of human trafficking, but after she escaped, her daughter was kidnapped as well. It is quite possible that the kidnappers were targeting Somaly’s family because she is fighting against them.

We are increasingly aware that trafficking is linked to migration. Women are lured out of their homes and countries with false promises of jobs. They are stripped of their passports, their dignity and their personal security. To protect people from such exploitation, countries have to coordinate their labor and migration policies.


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