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Call to Action to the UN Secretary General

Ask the United Nations to put human trafficking in the #SDG review now.

Across the world, countless children are the victims of trafficking. Every day, we unknowingly pass by them in our restaurants, bars, hotels, parlors, salons, factories, farms, clubs, brothels and even some homes. The UN says that 24.9 million victims of trafficking exist in our world right now, of which about 13 million are women and 5 million are children.

The alarming news is that the numbers are going up and the ages going down and this multi-billion-dollar trade in human beings has become the second largest crime in the world.

The United Nations has 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. This year in September 2023 all the countries will do a mid-term progress review of these goals in a high-level summit.

Unfortunately, the two goals related to human trafficking (SDG 5.2 and SDG 8.7) are missing in the mid-term review process as the UN meets in 2023 to take stock of its progress.

As we know, not checked means not done. It's time to take action.

Write to the United Nations Secretary-General now to demand that SDG 5.2 and SDG 8.7 be included in the 2023 policy review of the SDGs. These goals are vital steps towards preventing and protecting children, women and men from trafficking.

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Dear Secretary General Guetteres,

As a citizen of the world, I am writing to ask you that SDG 5.2 and SDG 8.7 be included in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2023 policy review, so that we can measure progress and prepare as a global family to tackle the large-scale human rights abuse and international crime of human trafficking.

It is not acceptable that human beings are bought and sold for exploitation and that more than 24 million victims of human trafficking exist in our world right now.

I urge you to keep SDG 5.2 and SDG 8.7 front and center of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals so that we can truly advance the UN mission to ensure that every child, woman and man is healthy, educated, protected and respected.

SDG 5.2: Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.

SDG 8.7: Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labor in all its forms.

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Ruchira Gupta is an Emmy winning journalist and founder of the anti sex trafficking NGO, Apne Aap that helps women and girls exit systems of prostitution. I Kick and I Fly is her debut fiction novel.
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