France calls for stronger cooperation on Human Trafficking

NHK World News

January 7th, 2016

The Commission on Crime and Criminal Justice reconvened today to discuss the use of the technology and how it can be used to combat human trafficking. This is in an effort meet the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN in 2015 and which encompass areas such as: Gender Equality, Global Partnership and Development, and Building infrastructure, all in an effort to fight the problem using integrated technology and information sharing systems.

France echoed that sentiment of cooperation this morning during the delegates opening comments. Stating that he hoped the three working papers could be consolidated with the goal of making stronger resolutions.

All of the papers focus on supporting countries where trafficking originating. The goal is to achieve this through education, improving basic law enforcement and judiciary processes using information-sharing technology, and biometric technology like facial recognition to aid in stopping traffickers before they are able to get their victims out of the country.

The last paper focuses specifically on creating an international working database that could be accessed by all states involved. Something that French delegation said, “caused dissent in the ranks of the CCPCJ,” and bogged down the entire process. “The database is not the solution, it is a piece of the solution.” To be sure an international database could be instrumental component of prevent human trafficking, but creating the infrastructure for such a system in a way that is functional for not only developed but developing nations could problematic.

What seem to be missing from all three working papers, and indeed from any solution to the human trafficking crisis, is any tangible suggestions about where the funding for such expensive technology would be coming from. According to a report issue by the United Nation in 2014, the majority of human trafficking originates in third world or developing nations, without the existing infrastructure to facilitate technology like biometrics.

But the delegation from France had an answer for that too, “we are the budgetary commission…and if we can find funds to try and help these developing nations get better technology so they can further advance their own means and help themselves with human trafficking, we would definitely be willing to look into that.” He also stressed the importance of telecommunications of any kind, as well as the use of social media and new media platforms that can be easily accessed, and are already widely used in developing nations.


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