The act of human trafficking in the form of exploitation of one person by another person deprives people of their fundamental rights and freedoms and confronts them with treatments which are incompatible with human dignity. With this simple definition, the phenomenon of human trafficking, which resembles the "slavery" institution, has become very common today with the names of "our slavery of our time", "modern slavery" or "modern form of slavery".

The crime of human trafficking has gained an ever expanding qualification from the first time it emerged until today both in terms of profile and the number of victims, and has become one of the most complex problems that societies face today.

According to the data of International Labor Organization, 21 million people worldwide are estimated to have been exposed to human trafficking. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's "2016 Global Human Trafficking Report" states that children constitute one-third of the human trafficking victims in the world. In addition, United Nations data shows that criminal organizations earn an average of US $ 30-35 million annually from this crime.

This type of crime has made its presence felt in the world public opinion since the late 20th century. As a high-yield activity for criminal organizations, it becomes increasingly more widespread especially for reasons such as increase of socio-economic disparities and migratory mobility in the world, war and internal disorder in various regions.

In 2010, the UN General Council adopted the Global Action Plan for the fight against human trafficking and called for governments to take coordinated and coherent measures to combat trafficking crime. One of the key provisions in the plan is the establishment of the United Nations Volunteer Foundation Fund for victims of trafficking, especially women and children. Member states have also made decisions to combat human trafficking and to raise awareness on a more comprehensive and global level. Within this scope, July 30 has been named as “World Day against Trafficking in Persons".

On the occasion of 30 July World Day against Trafficking in Persons, "Workshop on Combating Human Trafficking" was held at the Conference Hall of the Directorate General of Migration Management. Representatives of public institutions and organizations, international organizations and NGOs participated in the workshop. In the workshop, our country's anti-trafficking activities were shared and the planned activities were evaluated.

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