About the Author: Carla Menares-Bury serves as Multilateral Affairs Coordinator for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP).
Earlier this week, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons hosted a regional conference titled "Prevention of Modern Slavery: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure." Secretary Clinton delivered a video statement at the opening session of the Vienna conference in which she said, "New economic pressures are likely to aggravate the problem further, so this conference comes at a time of renewed urgency. It is an opportunity to place a renewed focus on prevention and the root causes of trafficking."
Over 250 experts from governments, international organizations, and civil society met to discuss the impact of the global economic crisis on the "supply and demand" for trafficking, the necessity and challenge of assessing the impact of prevention programs, understanding the trafficking business model, identifying innovative prevention practices, and the role of media in combating human trafficking. While we have made great progress in the fight against modern-day slavery, much remains to be done in addressing the causal factors of human trafficking. This conference can be an important step in preventing men, women, and children from becoming victims.