TitleAction to combat international trafficking in women and children
Action to combat international trafficking in women and children
Decides that the ad hoc committee on the elaboration of a comprehensive international convention against transnational organized crime, to be established by the General Assembly, should hold discussions on the elaboration, as appropriate, of an international instrument addressing trafficking in women and children; stresses the relevance of the following issues in connection with trafficking in women and children: (a) the need for States to take effective and expeditious measures, particularly the enactment or amendment, if necessary, of domestic legislation, to provide appropriate penalties, such as substantial imprisonment, fines and forfeiture, in order to combat all aspects of organized criminal activities related to trafficking at the international level in women and children; (b) the importance for States of sharing information, coordinating law enforcement activities and otherwise cooperating; (c) the need for States to provide specialized training for law enforcement, immigration and other concerned officers, as well as to initiate public information campaigns to make both potential victims and the general public aware of the terrible exploitation and possible loss of life inherent in trafficking in women and children; (d) the need for countries of origin, transit and destination to observe fully international obligations and national laws; (e) the goal of ensuring that international efforts to prevent international trafficking in women and children do not inhibit immigration or freedom of travel consistent with laws or undercut the protection provided to refugees by international law; (f) the need for strengthened international cooperation and technical assistance for the benefit of developing countries.
In: Resolutions and decisions of the Economic and Social Council, organizational session for 1998, New York, 22 Jan. and 3 and 6 Feb. 1998; resumed organizational session for 1998, New York, 7 May 1998; substantive session of 1998, New York, 6-31 July and 5 Aug. 1998; resumed substantive session of 1998, New York, 16 Dec. 1998 - E/1998/98 - p. 46-47 - (ESCOR, 1998, Suppl. no. 1).