Health Desk-- 22 June, 2018: A UN rights expert said states around the world must act now to protect migrants from traffickers by putting in place innovative measures to identify as early as possible those who are at risk.
"People trafficking is a gross human rights violation which is often linked with mixed migration movements, but there has been little early identification and help for victims or those at risk," said Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons.
She said early identification, protection and referral of victims of trafficking to appropriate specialised services is not perceived as a priority during large influx of migrants, according to a message received from Geneva.
The expert pointed to various forms of exploitation, including trafficking, that migrants are exposed to in transit and destination countries, drawing examples from various regions of the world.
The expert also expressed concern about the challenges faced by migrants forced to return home, and the importance of establishing procedures to assess the risk of trafficking and identify victims of trafficking before any decision on return.