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According to the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children: "Exploitation shall include, at a minimum... forced labour or services". The accepted international legal definition of forced labour is set out in the Convention Concerning Forced and Compulsory Labour: "all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily." Although most detected victims are still women, children, men now make up larger shares of the total number of victims than they did a decade ago. About four in 10 victims detected between 2012 and 2014 were trafficked for forced labour, and out of these victims, 63 per cent were men. Trafficking for forced labour in the fishing industry is commonplace in several parts of the world.


Bachpan Bachao Andolan  

India  20 000 $ Contribution  2014-2017

Intervention:  India is a source, destination, and transit hub country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Forced labor constitutes India's largest trafficking problem.  Key Objectives: Within the Project 'Victim's Assistance: Rescue, Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration of Victims of Human Trafficking' funded by the UN Trust Fund, the Association for Voluntary Action, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (AVA/BBA) addresses direct intervention against trafficking through the identification, release, rehabilitation and repatriation of children trafficking for forced labor; and indirect intervention, by bringing out significant changes to policies and laws related to protection of victims.  Achievements:  The project rescued 395 children out of forced labor, providing them with shelter including basic needs, medical care and educational support, as well as legal aid and legally-protected access to owed wages. Its action enables the cancellation of license/sealing of premises, and perpetrators of exploitation have been prosecuted, resulting in a strong deterrent against the organized crime of trafficking. 



Samu Social Senegal

Senegal    l  20 000 $ Contribution   l  2014-2017

Intervention:  Senegal is one of the poorest countries in the world. Dakar, concentrates about 25% of the total population, as a result of an important rural migration. When families collapse, children are the first victims. Those who are no longer under family or Koranic master protection are forced to live in groups in the streets.  Key Objectives:  Within the Project 'Fighting against social exclusion: A support and care mechanism for street children and children victims of trafficking in Dakar, Senegal' funded by the UN Trust Fund, Samu Social Senegal (SSN) aims at providing street children and children victims of trafficking with a consistent package of services, including, streets rounds, medical, social or psychological care, a 24-hour accommodation, as well as an individual reintegration project.  Achievements:  About 2500 to 3000 street children and victims of trafficking in Dakar received free and professional medical, social and psychosocial care. The children who were most at risk were sheltered in a professionalized emergency accommodation managed by Samu Social Senegal.



Istiqbolli Avlod

Uzbekistan    l  20 000 $ Contribution    l  2014-2017

Intervention: Due to the economic hardships and growth of population in Uzbekistan, labor migration has been increasing over the past decades. It made Uzbekistan one of the major source countries for labor trafficking in persons among Commonwealth of Independent of States.  Key Objectives: Within the project 'Legal assistance and social services for victims of labor trafficking' funded by the UN Trust Fund, Istiqbolli Avlod is implementing long-term sustainable reintegration services and started assisting both, victims abroad, through pro-bono legal help, and victims of domestic exploitation in Uzbekistan, through medical and psychological services.  Achievements: Istiqbolli Avlod identified, selected and involved 79 victims of labor trafficking through its "Hotline" project, providing them with legal help, psychological consultations and medical care and clothing. Victims of labor exploitation have been enrolled in professional courses and have access to vocational-professional equipment.


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UNVTF 2018 Side event at the CCPCJ focus on  Assisting Women and Girls. Good Practices from France and Côte d'Ivoire, in cooperation with the French Permanent Mission.

Call for Proposals

On-going programme awards multi-year grants to specialized non-governmental organizations around the world that provide critical assistance to victims of human trafficking.

World Day 30 July

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime organizes its annual Giving Day to End Human Trafficking on the 30th of July 2018 in cooperation with the platform Charidy.com.

Useful links

Human Trafficking Testimonials United Nations Global Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons
UN Blue Heart Campaign Against Human Trafficking UNODC and Human Trafficking



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