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Report of the Expert Group on Strategies for Combating the Trafficking of Women and Children

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Trafficking of people (mostly women and children) for commercial sexual activities and forced labour is one of the fastest growing areas of international criminal activity – and one that is of huge concern. Trafficking in humans is now considered the third largest source of organised crime after drugs and arms. The Commonwealth Law Ministers at the 1999 meeting in Trinidad and Tobago concluded that the Commonwealth Secretariat should propose strategies to assist countries in developing national and regional initiatives against human trafficking. This title is the result of these proposals.

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Introduction

The Commonwealth as a voluntary organisation of sovereign Independent States Is committed to fundamental principles enshrined in the Harare Declaration of 1991. These principles include international peace and order, liberty of the individual under the law, human dignity and equality for all. Commonwealth Heads of Governments have also pledged to vigorously pursue the protection and promotion of the fundamental political values of the Commonwealth, fundamental human rights, equality of women so that they may exercise full and equal rights and the promotion of sustainable development and alleviation of poverty.

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