2023 Theme: Reach every victim of trafficking, leave no one behind
Each year, Zonta International observes World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July.
Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking and migrant smuggling, either as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims.
To address this heinous crime and abuse of human rights, Zonta International has released a Statement on Trafficking In Persons: A Human Rights Issue, and calls upon governments to, among other actions:
“Zonta International believes in the protection of human rights, and trafficking is a shocking violation of those rights. Many of our Zonta clubs are working to raise awareness and prevent trafficking at the local level, and we applaud the work they are doing,” said Zonta International President Ute Scholz.
Global crises, conflicts, and the climate emergency are escalating trafficking risks. Displacement and socio-economic inequalities are impacting millions of people worldwide, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation by traffickers. Those who lack legal status, live in poverty, have limited access to education, healthcare, or decent work, face discrimination, violence, or abuse, or come from marginalized communities are often the primary targets of traffickers.