Angela Reed rsm delivered a joint statement by the Sisters of Mercy and Good Shepherd Sisters on June 15, 2016, at the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, reports Mercy World. The oral intervention was in response to reports by the Special Rapporteurs on Health and Human Trafficking respectively.
The statement affirmed the health report highlighting the need to recognise and respond to risk factors early in life in order to impact life trajectories.
The statement concluded with the following recommendations to global policy makers of the need for:
1. a reframing of trafficking as a ‘random act of victimization’ to a ‘sustained exploitation of vulnerability over the life course’;
2. addressing structural causes that impact the life course, including dismantling of power based structures that subjugate women and girls;
3. prioritizing qualitative data on trafficking across the life course.