NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 27 – The fight against various forms of trafficking in persons requires a clear political will and adequate resources. “Italy, the land of my grandfathers and of my love, has decided to contribute to the voluntary Trust Fund for the victims of trafficking with the sum of one million dollars. GRAZIE MILLE”, American and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino announced today at a High Level meeting of the General Assembly.
Applauses from the membership welcomed the announcement by the Academy Awards winner for “Mighty Aphrodite” who is also the daughter of Italian-american actor Paul Sorvino. The contribution makes Italy the first donor to the victims Trust Fund. With tens of millions of human trafficking victims worldwide, “now is the time to stand together and stamp out this abominable practice,” the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told the high-level meeting at which Member States adopted a political Declaration reaffirming their commitment to implement a United Nations action plan to end the scourge.
Also addressing the meeting, Yuri Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said “this appraisal and the adoption of the political Declaration can help us take this commitment forward and sharpen responses to an odious crime that continues to exploit and victimize the most vulnerable, in all parts of the world.” To build a robust evidence base, UNODC is currently working with the academic community to develop innovative methodologies to measure the size and scope of the trafficking problem, Fedotov added.