On Monday, 7 January, the United Nations published a report in which it deplores the fact that human trafficking continues to be a largely unpunished crime, referring in particular to organ trafficking, forced labour and sexual exploitation. It calls for increased international cooperation to pursue criminal networks in countries experiencing situations of armed conflict synonymous with "failure of authorities, forced migration, breakdown of family structures and economic insecurity".
As regards organ trafficking, 100 cases were reported between 2014 and 2017, more frequently in refugee camps where traffickers recruit their victims "with false promises of money and/or transport to safer places" and bribe health professionals.
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- Decommissioning of organ trafficking in Pakistan
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