Press release on the Public-Private Partnership in the Fight Against Human Trafficking international conference under OSCE auspices
On July 20-21, Moscow hosted the international conference, Public-Private Partnership in the Fight against Human Trafficking, organised by the OSCE Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (OSR/CTHB) Madina Dzharbusynova, in cooperation with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The event was attended by a wide range of participants from both OSCE countries and a number of other countries – over 40 countries in total, including government agencies, large private companies and state corporations, civil society and international organisations, including the CIS, CSTO, UNICEF, the Council of Europe, the International Labour Organisation, the International Organisation for Migration and others.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sent a welcoming message to the organisers and participants of the Conference, in which, in particular, he stressed that in today's conditions, the interplay of efforts of states, international organisations and civil society, while maintaining the leading role of the UN, is gaining special importance in combatting human trafficking. He also welcomed the comprehensive efforts of the OSCE to prevent and suppress this dangerous phenomenon and noted that an effective solution to this problem is impossible without eliminating its root causes.
Ms Dzharbusynova stressed the importance of comprehensive work on combating human trafficking, noting the great importance of interaction between states and employers.
Various aspects of cooperation to counter modern forms of human trafficking, labour and sexual exploitation, organ and tissue trafficking, and child trafficking, as well as combating new methods and means of this criminal activity, including high-tech and internet-based ones, were discussed.
During the discussion, the participants worked out recommendations to counter human trafficking.
The holding of this forum in Moscow confirmed the high level of cooperation between Russia and the OSCE in combating human trafficking, as well as the leading role of the Russian Federation in consolidating international efforts within the OSCE to combat this phenomenon.