Belgium fights against human trafficking
On 5 April 2019, the Belgian contribution of 2 million euro to the United Nations Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking was officially announced at a ceremony in the UN buildings in Vienna.
The symbolic transfer was made by Ambassador Ghislain D'hoop in the presence of Yury Fedotov, the Director-General of the UN in Vienna and Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
During the ceremony, the UNODC's Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, expressed his deep gratitude for the generous support provided by Belgium. He emphasized that it will help victims of human trafficking around the world, especially women and children, to get out of their precarious situation. For example, human trafficking for sexual exploitation, forced labour, organ removal and other forms of exploitation is being addressed.
For Yury Fedotov, the Belgian contribution has an important signal function and can motivate other donors to follow a similar path. A signal that, according to UNODC, deserves wide attention and that all UN member states clearly received, after UNODC had devoted an article about the subject on its website.
This is a valuable boost to our country's visibility in an area where the key priorities of the Belgian UN policy (security aspects and the role of women, the protection of citizens and especially children and respect for human rights) are central.