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Child Trafficking ! Let’s be mobilized nationally and internationally to fight it !

Wednesday 1 April 2015

« Child Trafficking ! Let’s be mobilized nationally and internationally to fight it !»
This was the topic addressed at the World Social Forum in Tunis from 24 to 28 March 2015.

While the International Convention on the Rights of child has just turned 25 years old, what about in reality of trafficking and exploitation of children in the world?
Young people are victims of trafficking in various forms. How to identify them? How to partner with them? How to assist the victims? How to act on the causes? What are the issues for civil society at local, national and international levels? What is the citizen mobilization to address these issues ?
It will be during a workshop to address the issue of trafficking in all its forms: sexual exploitation, begging under stress, stress crimes, forced labor, use of children in conflicts, forced marriages...
Partners from different organizations of civil society from Indonesia, Algeria and France (Toulon), have aroused enriching debates by their testimony. Other interventions of Tunisian associations and Caritas Algeria completed the panel, and a rich time of exchange between participants helped to identify some observations and proposals in terms of prevention, public awareness (through the media, the art, culture), support for victims ( local and international action) advocacy (by directly involving the victims or potential victims; and acting with national, regional and global institutions) and networking (at world level, to work on the country of origin, transit and destination for victims). The workshop was co-hosted by Geneviève Colas Secours Catholique - Caritas France and Nagham Hriech Wahabi CCEM.

In area "crossroads over the frontier" organizations that have worked on common issues around migration and trafficking attended a convergence workshop to share proposals for better access to common law.

Please find attached the presentations of :

1- Ruth Mulyani and Carmen Elissa, Indonesia, SSpS (on trafficking of minors in Asia)
2- Sylvie Eid, Caritas Lebanon (that shows the situation of trafficking of minors in conflict or post-conflict contexts)
3- Gonzague de Fombelle, Secours Catholique delegation of Var (especially on the methodology to work with groups of children at risk)

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