Thursday, April 19, 2012
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed an agreement this week to increase coordination of efforts to reduce human trafficking and migrant smuggling and to improve border management. The two agencies already work together in parts of Africa and Columbia. Pursuant to this new agreement, the two agencies will engage in information sharing and joint activities.
According to the UN Press Release, human trafficking generates $32 billion annually. The Executive Director of the UNODC, Yury Fedotov, called it a threat of “extraordinary proportions” which will take significant efforts at every level of government to combat successfully.