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On December 18, 2013, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution designating July 30 as the World Day Against Human Trafficking, reported Forbes (US).

The resolution recognised that ‘despite sustained measures taken at the international, regional and national levels, trafficking in persons remains one of the grave challenges facing the international community, which also impairs the enjoyment of human rights and needs a more concerted collective and comprehensive international response.’

The resolution had come about only a few months before the world was shocked by the abduction of the Chibok girls by Boko Haram and the Daesh attack on Sinjar resulting in abductions of thousands of Yazidi girls and women. Both incidents were the extreme cases of mass kidnapping and human trafficking.

On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram abducted 276 girls, mostly between 16 and 18years of age, from a secondary school in Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. The girls would have been used as sex or labour slaves and used as suicide bombers.

On August 3, 2014, Daesh attacked Sinjar killing many and forcing the remaining to flee. Over 3,200 women and children were believed to have been trafficked by Daesh to Syria where women and girls would have been subjected to sexual exploitation and boys indoctrinated and used as child soldiers.

However, human trafficking is more common than the two above mentioned cases and can be perpetrated anywhere, by anyone and to anyone. To be able to understand the severity of the problem, one needs to change the mindset of what is human trafficking.

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