New Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking to be launched at London event

London - On Monday, March 26 in London (at the House of Lords, Committee Room 3 at 1700), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, together with other United Nations agencies, Governments, and NGOs will launch

The Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking.

The launch, hosted by Baroness Mary Goudie, Member of the House of Lords and Board Member of Vital Voices Global Partnership, coincides with both the two hundredth anniversary of the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the bicentennial of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire.

A series of events throughout the world will culminate in Vienna with an International Conference against Human Trafficking on 27 - 29 November 2007.

Trafficking in persons, whether for sexual exploitation or forced labour, affects virtually every region of the world.  UNODC reports that people from 127 countries become exploited in 137 nations.

The ultimate goal of the Global Initiative is the end of human trafficking and slavery.