On the International Day Against Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Women and Children, celebrated on 23/9, we recall the importance of discussing the topic and reinforcing our position in the fight against it.
One of the most important things, which shows how much our society has evolved or not, is how we take care of our children and adolescents", highlights Malu Paiva, our vice president of Sustainability.
According to data from the International Labour Organization (ILO), approximately 2.4 million people do forced labour in the world. One of the biggest things that makes it hardest to fight is its invisibility, which is associated with the sexual exploitation of children and women.
"This topic is entering the corporate world, which is beginning to realize the huge responsibility and opportunity it has to promote the rights of children and adolescents", explains Malu, reinforcing that we are putting this agenda in the way we work. An example is the partnership we had with the Childhood Brasil organization since 2019.
At our company, we do not tolerate situations of exploitation of children and adolescents. In the Human Rights Policy, we highlight that:
"Vale promotes human rights awareness actions, with special attention to the eradication of forced, modern slavery, and child labor and the promotion of the rights of children and adolescents, with specific efforts to combat the sexual exploitation of minors in the vicinity of its operations in all phases of the life cycle. In addition, Vale expects its suppliers and partners to also respect these rights and to act the same way".
About the day
Based on Argentina´s Palacios Law, which punishes those who promote or facilitate prostitution and the corruption of children and adolescents, representatives from several countries elected September 23 as the International Day Against Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Women and Children.
The date was established during the World Conference of the Coalition against the Trafficking of Women and Children, held in 1999 and aims to promote mechanisms to protect the population.