Committee Name: Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee
Topic Area: Human Trafficking
Delegate: Alyssa Wilkes
The people of Senegal deeply believe that the U.N. policy regarding the situation in Senegal surrounding human trafficking needs to be expanded and acted upon. As a country where human– and specifically child– trafficking is unfortunately common, the people of Senegal would like measures taken to help eliminate human trafficking in Least Developed Countries.
As a country with a fairly average Human Development Index (HDI) for a Least Developed Country, scoring a 0.505, Senegal would like to be seen as an example for countries with a lower HDI as a country attempting to put an end towards human trafficking. Resolution 61/180 attempts to discuss possible solutions to eliminating the trafficking of children and women, yet the crisis is only getting worse every year. As a nation, Senegal is making an attempt to protect victims of human trafficking, and trying to make efforts in preventing human trafficking, which Senegal believes should be the standard across the nations of the U.N. As a standard, Senegal would like to propose a widespread search for human traffickers and the people who enable human trafficking, and a system that offers help for victims of human trafficking. As a country that also receives many people being trafficked and people fleeing human trafficking, Senegal is personally invested in finding a solution to this long rampant problem.
Human trafficking is direct violation of the rights bestowed in Articles 3, 4, and 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Article 3 states that “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”. Article 4 of the UDHR states that “No one should be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade should be prohibited in all their forms”. Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “No one shall be subjected to torture or cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment”. Human trafficking could be described as a violation of all of these articles, as human trafficking is defined as a category of slavery, which is out-right prohibited by Article 4, as quoted.
- Alyssa Wilkes