DEMAND FOR HT: WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE AS CONSUMERS OF FORCED LABOR AND SEXUAL SLAVERY. HOW CAN WE END THIS CYCLE?
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In order to end human trafficking, it is essential that we target demand, rather than focusing purely on supply-side measures. Whilst the status quo is to employ supply-side measures, these can only ever be reactive. Whereas, demand-side measures are proactive in the prevention of human trafficking, as demand is a root cause of trafficking and therefore must be pursued in the fight to end this affront to human rights and dignity.
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1. Opening Remarks by Professor Michel Veuthey, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta to monitor and combat trafficking in persons
2. Brian Iselin, Moderator, Founder of Geneva-based slavefreetrade, a nonprofit working on leveraging the might of the blockchain to rid the world of slave labor, specialist and promoter of demand-side responses, reducing the driving force for all forms of human trafficking. Former Australian soldier and federal agent, 30 years of experience in the fight against human trafficking at the international level
3. Inge Bell, A German human rights activist, entrepreneur and chairperson of the women’s rights organization Terre des Femmes and the Bavarian branch of the aid organization Solwodi. She is an advocate for the reform of prostitution laws in Germany, a move towards the Nordic model, which focuses on demand, by penalizing the buyers of sexual slavery
4. Valiant Richey, OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings. He represents the OSCE at the political level on anti-trafficking issues, and assists the 57 OSCE participating States in the development and implementation of anti-trafficking strategies and initiatives. His Office also has a co-ordinating function among OSCE structures and institutions involved in combating trafficking in human beings. Before joining the OSCE, Valiant worked for thirteen years as a prosecutor in Seattle handling sexual assault, child exploitation and human trafficking cases
You can also access the video of this webinar available with translations in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian and Chinese on the adlaudatosi website: www.adlaudatosi.org
The webinars are organized by the Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta to monitor and combat trafficking in persons with the Collège Universitaire Henry-Dunant, in cooperation with Sister Mirjam Beike, RGS, Representative at the UN in Geneva for the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd.
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