Regional Forum for the Prevention and Eradication of Trafficking in Persons

About 400 members of the legislative and judicial powers of the State of Mexico, local authorities, members of human rights organizations and the academia from all over the country, had the opportunity to take note of the experiences from different experts and institutions working in the field of tackling trafficking in persons. This, during the Regional Forum for the Prevention and Eradication of Trafficking in Persons held on December 3rd in the Toluca City, State of Mexico.

The inaugural act was chaired by Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, Governor of the State who highlighted in his speech that "deceit, abuse and violence for sexual and labour exploitation or trafficking with human organs, is the more cruel, globalized and modern version of slavery". Being the State of Mexico, the first exporter of victims of trafficking in persons in Mexico, forums like this, are of outmost relevance to inform the society and raise the voice on the need to undertake actions to tackle the crime.

The event included presentations from members of governmental institutions, representatives of legislative and judicial powers, members of the organized civil society, representatives of UN agencies, among others who pointed the challenges of the legal framework and local and international efforts to prevent this crime.

UNODC's participation was represented by Mr. Felipe De La Torre, Crime Prevention Expert and Coordinator of the Regional Project against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants who delivered a presentation on "National and International Perspectives against Trafficking in Persons".