July 30, 2023
July 30 is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (TIP), and we note with grave concern instances of trafficking that continue to occur in South Sudan, including those involving sexual and gender-based violence. Cases of TIP in South Sudan include abductions of women and children, the recruitment and use of child soldiers, child marriage, and the trafficking of commercial sex workers. We call upon the transitional government of South Sudan, and all those in positions of power, to take steps to eradicate the scourge of human trafficking and to meet the minimum standards of prevention and accountability in accordance with international laws. Addressing the issue of trafficking in persons in South Sudan is an imperative for upholding global responsibilities and safeguarding human rights. Those responsible for TIP and related crimes must be held accountable.