Asserting that human trafficking is as serious a transnational crime as terrorism, Christina Albertin, the South Asia representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), on Thursday said that a global policy was required to stop such a crime.
Albertin was part of a panel discussion on ‘Human Trafficking in the 21st Century’ held at the American Centre on Thursday. “Sex slavery affects millions all over the world and has devastating consequences akin to drug trafficking or any other organised crime,” she added.
The discussion, which was organised by CNN International, was followed by a screening of the documentary, Nepal’s Stolen Children. The film depicts the experience of actor and activist Demi Moore who visited Maiti Nepal, an organisation that has been working with victims of sex trafficking and forced prostitution in Nepal for 18 years.
Anuradha Koirala, founder of Maiti Nepal, who was declared CNN Hero of the Year in 2010 for her efforts against sex slavery. said, “My desire to make a difference is fuelled by the pain I see every day.”