Trafficking is a human story that emerges as more and more people seek to leave their home for new opportunities and are taken advantage of in the process. As individuals who have suffered severe human rights violations such as slavery, deprivation of liberty, rape, assault, fraud and other related crimes, trafficked persons must be protected and given full respect for their human rights by all governments.
Despite widespread efforts to address and prevent human trafficking, the rights of migrant and trafficked women are still being violated. In fact, many anti-trafficking policies have led to negative consequences for the very people they are intended to help.
GAATW began the Recognise Rights campaign in 2008 to advocate for the protection and recognition of the rights of trafficked and migrant women. This is done through advocacy and awareness raising at international, national and local levels to highlight 11 recommendations that call for specific policy change that will help to build a stronger human rights-based approach to trafficking.