Human Trafficking

UNODC and Trafficking in Persons: News, Events and Publications
  • 05/10/2013
    UNODC chief, at UN General Assembly, takes part in dialogue on migration and human rights

    Photo: UNODCSpeaking at the UN General Assembly's High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, Yury Fedotov urged Member States to do more to protect migrants' rights in the fight against migrant smuggling and human trafficking. He noted that although there has been progress in efforts to combat these crimes, "it is nevertheless clear that more must be done to stop modern-day slavery and the abuse of migrants at the hands of smugglers".

  • 02/10/2013
    La Convention des Nations Unies contre la criminalité organisée célèbre ses 10 ans

    Le crime transnational organisé est un business considérable générant un profit estimé à près de 870 milliards de dollars par an et faisant d'innombrables victimes. Le premier instrument de lutte internationale - la Convention des Nations Unies contre la criminalité transnationale organisée et ses trois Protocoles additionnels - sont entrés en vigueur  il y a dix ans témoignant de l'engagement de la communauté internationale en la matière.

  • 02/10/2013
    UN Convention against Organized Crime celebrates 10 years

    Transnational organized crime is big business, generating an estimated $870 billion in profits a year and countless victims. Ten years ago, the first global international instrument to combat it - the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its three supplementing Protocols - entered into force, demonstrating the commitment of the international community to tackle this challenge.

  • 02/10/2013
    Конвенция ООН против транснациональной организованной преступности празднует 10 лет

    Транснациональная организованная преступность - это большой бизнес, который производит около 870 млрд. долл.США прибыли в год и бесчисленное количество жертв. Десять лет назад, первый глобальный международный документ по борьбе с этой проблемой - Конвенция Организации Объединенных Наций против транснациональной организованной преступности и дополняющие ее Протоколы - вступили в силу, что свидетельствует о приверженности международного сообщества этой задаче.

  • 26/09/2013
    Arab Initiative to Build National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in the Arab Countries

    The Arab Initiative to Build National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in the Arab Countries was launched in 2012 and aims to build national capacities in the 22 member countries/territories of the League of Arab States to effectively combat human trafficking, through technical assistanc

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  • 25/07/2013
    Working Group on Trafficking October 2013
  • 12/07/2013
    En Inde, une nouvelle évaluation des initiatives en faveur de l'assistance aux victimes et de la justice pénale contre la traite des humains a été menée

    L'ONUDC a demandé une évaluation nationale des fournisseurs de services et des acteurs de la justice pénale qui s'occupent des victimes de la traite des êtres humains en Inde. Le rapport est le résultat d'entretiens avec des personnes travaillant au sein des unités contre le trafic des humains, avec les ministères concernés et la société civile, ainsi qu'avec des foyers d'accueil mis en place par le gouvernement ou par des ONG. Le rapport contient également une brève analyse de 13 formes de trafic d'êtres humains, telles que le trafic d'organes, les mariages forcés et l'enlèvement d'enfants revendus à des agences d'adoption, et met en avant les tendances les plus saillantes en Inde. 

  • 11/07/2013
    India: new assessment of victim assistance and criminal justice initiatives against human trafficking

    UNODC has commissioned a country assessment of service providers and criminal justice actors who deal with victims of human trafficking in India. The report is the result of consultations with officers of anti-human trafficking units, key ministries and civil society, as well as government and NGO-run victim shelter homes. It also provides a brief situational analysis of 13 forms of human trafficking and highlights broad trends across the country.

  • 11/07/2013
    Индия: новое оценивание инициатив по оказанию помощи пострадавшим и уголовному правосудию против торговли людьми

    УНП ООН ввело в эксплуатацию оценку стран поставщиков услуг и участников уголовного правосудия, которые имеют дело с жертвами торговли людьми в Индии. Доклад является результатом консультаций с представителями отделений по борьбе с торговлей людьми, ключевых министерств и гражданского общества, а также правительственных и неправительственных приютов для жертв. Он предоставляет краткий анализ 13 форм торговли людьми, таких, как торговля людьми для органов, принудительные браки, вымогательство в сфере усыновления, и освещает общие тенденции по всей стране.

  • 13/06/2013
    Journée mondiale contre le travail des enfants : deux récits qui donnent espoir

    Dans le monde entier, des enfants sont victimes d'abus de la part de criminels qui considèrent les êtres humains comme de la marchandise à exploiter ou à vendre pour faire du profit. Selon les estimations de l'Organisation internationale du travail, 10,5 millions d'enfants dans le monde travaillent comme domestiques chez des particuliers, dans des conditions dangereuses et parfois proches de l'esclavage.

  • 13/06/2013
    Всемирный день борьбы с детским трудом: две истории надежды

    Права детей во всем мире в настоящее время жестоко нарушаются преступниками, которые рассматривают людей как товар, подлежащий эксплуатации или обмену на прибыль. Около 10.5 миллиона детей во всем мире работают в качестве домашних прислуг в опасных и иногда рабских условиях, по данным Международной организации труда.

  • 12/06/2013
    World Day against Child Labour : two stories of hope

    Children all over the world are being exploited or traded for profit. In August 2010, the General Assembly established the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking and in 2011, the Fund awarded grants to grassroots non-governmental organizations that directly assist victims and survivors around the world. On World Day against Child Labour, we share the stories of two children who got a second chance in life thanks to the work of the beneficiaries.

  • 04/06/2013
    La traite des personnes est un fléau qui affecte l’ensemble de nos sociétés, déclare le directeur exécutif de l'ONUDC lors d’un discours à Minsk

    Le Directeur exécutif de l'ONUDC, Yury Fedotov, a effectué une visite à la République du Bélarus la semaine dernière, où il a rencontré le président Alexander Lukashenko et quelques hauts responsables afin de discuter de diverses questions, et en particulier de la traite des personnes. Le Bélarus a joué un rôle clé dans la lutte contre la traite des personnes au sein des Nations Unies.

  • 03/06/2013
    Торговля людьми является темным пятном нашего общества, отметил Юрий Федотов во время своего выступления в Минске

    Директор исполнитель  ЮНОДК посетил Республику Беларусь на этой неделе, где он встретился с президентом Александром Лукашенко и другими официальными лицами, чтобы обсудить ряд вопросов, в частности торговлю людьми. Беларусь играет ведущую роль в борьбе против торговли людьми в рамках Организации Объединенных Наций.

  • 30/05/2013
    Human trafficking is a dark stain on all our societies, says UNODC Executive Director in Minsk speech

    UNODC Executive Director paid a visit to the Republic of Belarus this week, where he met with President Alexander Lukashenko and other officials to discuss several issues, in particular human trafficking. Belarus has played a leading role in the fight against human trafficking within the United Nations.

  • 14/05/2013
    L’Assemblée générale évalue les progrès de la lutte contre la traite des personnes

    UNODC Executive Director speaks at the High Level Meeting of the GA on human traffickingHier, l'Assemblée générale des Nations Unies a tenu une Réunion de haut-niveau abordant la question tragique de la traite des personnes. Elle a été conduite par le Président de l'Assemblée Générale Vuk Jeremić, en présence du Secrétaire général, Ban Ki-moon. 85 États ont assisté à la réunion, ainsi que Mira Sorvino, Ambassadrice de bonne volonté de l'ONUDC pour la lutte contre la traite des personnes, et de nombreux représentants de la société civile.

  • 13/05/2013
    General Assembly reviews efforts to combat human trafficking

    UNODC Executive Director speaks at the High Level Meeting of the GA on human traffickingPolicy-makers put human trafficking on center stage today at a High Level Meeting of the General Assembly chaired by the President of the GA Vuk Jeremić and in the presence of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The event was attended by 85 states, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Mira Sorvino, as well as representatives from civil society.

  • 10/05/2013
    Le Brésil rejoint la campagne Cœur bleu contre la traite des êtres humains

    Brazilian Blue Heart Campaign launch with UNODC's Executive Director Yury Fedotov, Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardozo and singer Ivete Sangalo. Credit: Isaac Amorin Le Brésil est le dernier pays à rejoindre la campagne Cœur Bleu des Nations Unies contre la traite des êtres humains. La chanteuse Ivete Sangalo a été, à cette occasion, désignée comme ambassadrice de bonne volonté et représentante de la campagne. Des millions de personnes sont victimes de la traite des êtres humains à travers le monde. La campagne vise à mobiliser la société brésilienne contre ce crime.

  • 10/05/2013
    Brazil joins Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking

    Brazilian Blue Heart Campaign launch with UNODC's Executive Director Yury Fedotov, Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardozo and singer Ivete Sangalo. Credit: Isaac Amorin Brazil is the latest country to join the Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking, with singer Ivete Sangalo appointed as a national UNODC Goodwill Ambassador and face of the campaign. There are millions of victims of human trafficking across the globe. The campaign aims to mobilize Brazilian society against this crime.

  • 28/03/2013
    En Colombie une série télévisée populaire évoque la traite des personnes

    En Colombie, l'office régional de l'ONUDC a travaillé au cours des deux dernières années avec la société de production télévisuelle CMO et la chaîne de TV Caracol afin d'aborder la réalité souvent inquiétante de la traite des personnes au travers d'une série télévisée.« La Promesa », ou « La Promesse » en français, est une série qui révèle la détresse de milliers de personnes cherchant à réaliser leurs rêves ; une quête qui mène certains d'entre eux à croire aux promesses de connaissances ou d'inconnus.

  • 27/03/2013
    Popular serie de televisión difunde mensaje sobre la trata de personas en Colombia

    En Colombia, la oficina de Naciones Unidas contra la Droga y el Delito ha venido trabajando durante los últimos dos años con la productora de televisión CMO producciones y el canal de televisión Caracol para abordar la realidad inquietante de la trata de personas a través de la serie de televisión 'La Promesa', o 'The Promise' en inglés, historia que revela la difícil situación de miles de personas en busca de sus sueños, que lleva a algunos de ellos a creer en las promesas de conocidos o incluso desconocidos.

  • 26/03/2013
    Popular TV drama delivers human trafficking message in Colombia

    In Colombia, the UNODC office has been working over the past two years with the TV production company CMO and the TV station Caracol to bring the often disturbing reality of human trafficking to life through a drama series. 'La Promesa', or 'The Promise' in English, is a series that reveals the plight of thousands of people in search that leads some of them to believe in the promises of acquaintances or even strangers.

  • 22/03/2013
    Contributors to the Fund
  • 11/02/2013
    La créativité des entreprises dans la lutte contre la traite des personnes récompensée

    Lors de la cérémonie de clôture du Forum économique mondial 2013 qui s'est tenu à Davos, en Suisse, Tristan Forster - le PDG de FSI Worldwide, entreprise de recrutement et de gestion de main-d'œuvre engagée dans une démarche éthique - s'est vu décerné le Business Leaders Award to Fight Human Trafficking (Prix des Chefs d'entreprise pour la Lutte contre la Traite des Personnes).

  • 08/02/2013
    Актриса Мира Сорвино продолжит свою деятельность в качестве Посла доброй воли УНП ООН

    UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino (c) UNODCОбладательница премии «Оскар», американская актриса Мира Сорвино посетила Венский международный центр с сообщением о том, что она намерена продолжить свою деятельность в качестве Посла доброй воли ЮНОДК и впредь бороться с торговлей людьми. Она принимала активное участие в улучшении положения жертв торговли людьми с самого начала своего назначения в феврале 2009 года.

  • 08/02/2013
    Actress Mira Sorvino extends her role as UNODC Goodwill Ambassador

    UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino (c) UNODCAcademy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino visited the Vienna International Centre and agreed to continue in her role as the UNODC Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking. Ms. Sorvino, who has played a very active role in promoting the plight of human trafficking victims since her initial appointment in February 2009, also met with UNODC staff to discuss the latest trends and issues surrounding this multi-billion dollar crime.

  • 29/01/2013
    Honouring corporate creativity and courage in the fight against human trafficking

    During the closing ceremony of the World Economic Forum last week in Davos, Switzerland, Tristan Forster - CEO of the ethical recruitment and management company FSI Worldwide - was awarded the Business Leaders Award to Fight Human Trafficking. The Award merits private sector individuals who show leadership in finding creative and sustainable solutions to combat modern slavery across the globe.

  • 10/01/2013
    Blue Heart Campaign against human trafficking gathers strength with new initiatives

    The Blue Heart Campaign has gained additional support with new initiatives around the world. Switzerland became the latest country to join the Campaign, and in Colombia and the Republic of Serbia, cinema and theatre have been used to generate awareness and serve as a stark warning to potential victims about false promises of a better life.

  • 19/12/2012
    Anti-Human Trafficking Manual for Criminal Justice Practitioners - Portuguese.

    The Anti-Human Trafficking Manual for Criminal Justice Practitioners is now available in Portuguese.

    In line with the Trafficking in Persons Protocol supplementing the United Nations Transnational Organised Crime Convention, the purpose of the United Nations Anti-Human Trafficking Manual for Criminal Justice Practitioners is to further facilitate the prevention of human trafficking, protection of its victims, prosecution of its culprits and develop international cooperation to achieve these targets.

  • 13/12/2012
    Webinar panellists call for partnerships in efforts to combat trafficking globally

    UNODC Case Law Database

    Panellists during a webinar on "Trafficking Prevention and the Victims: New United Nations and Academic Perspectives" called on governments, international organisations and NGOs to strengthen partnerships and build on their collective efforts to fight human trafficking around the world.

  • 12/12/2012
    Increase in global child trafficking gives cause for concern, says new UNODC report

    2012 Global Trafficking in Persons ReportThe 2012 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons released by UNODC has revealed that 27 per cent of all victims of human trafficking officially detected globally between 2007 to 2010 are children, up 7 per cent from the period 2003 to 2006. Also worrying is the increase in the number of girl victims, who make up two thirds of all trafficked children. Girls now constitute 15 to 20 per cent of the total number of all detected victims, including adults, whereas boys comprise about 10 per cent

  • 12/12/2012
    Preocupación por el aumento de la trata de niños, según nuevo informe de la UNODC

    2012 Global Trafficking in Persons Report

    El Informe Mundial sobre la Trata de Personas 2012 publicado hoy por la Oficina de Naciones Unidas contra la Droga y el Delito (UNODC) revela que el 27 por ciento del total de víctimas de la trata de seres humanos detectado oficialmente a nivel mundial entre 2007 y 2010 son niños, un 7 por ciento más que en el período de 2003 a 2006. También es preocupante el aumento en el número de niñas víctimas, que suponen las dos terceras partes del total de niños víctimas de la trata.

  • 10/12/2012
    Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2012
  • 06/12/2012
    Lao PDR “extremely vulnerable” to trafficking by transnational organized crime groups, says UNODC Executive Director

    UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov with students from the National University of Laos promoting drug preventionLao PDR's position at the hub of the Greater Mekong Subregion and its shared borders with Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam make it "extremely vulnerable" to the trafficking of people, illicit drugs and commodities by transnational organized crime groups, warned UNODC's Executive Director: "While economic growth and regional integration bring many positives, they also provide opportunities for transnational organized crime to expand".

  • 30/11/2012
    E-Lecture: Trafficking Prevention and the Victims: New United Nations and Academic Perspectives

    Forthcoming: December 11th, 2012, 15:00 - 17:30

    The e-lecture is organised by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), The United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna, in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the University of Vienna (Austria), the UN Academic Impact Initiative, and the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS).

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  • 29/11/2012
    UNODC Executive Director offers support to Thailand to fight “region’s worsening organized crime and illicit drug trafficking problem”

    Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, right, meets UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov at his office in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Recognizing Thailand's pursuit of rule of law-based efforts to counter illicit drug and human trafficking, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov pledged the organization's support to the country's struggle against these human security threats. Mr. Fedotov, who touched down in Thailand yesterday at the start of an official 12-day mission to the region, made his comments today when he met the Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul.

  • 28/11/2012
    “Put yourself in my shoes”: a human trafficking victim speaks out

    Women make up two-thirds of the world's human trafficking victims. The vast majority of these are young women who are lured with false promises of employment and are then stripped of all control over their lives. On the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we present the brave testimonial of Memey, a 28-year-old Indonesian woman who was trafficked and forcibly recruited into commercial sex work and who is now committed to helping others.

  • 26/11/2012
    Prevent migrant smuggling to reduce human trafficking

    The  Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Organized Crime celebrated its 10 years of existence this month at the Tenth Anniversary Commemorative Conference in Bali.

    Covering 46 countries in Asia and the Pacific, the Bali Process is a unique forum bringing states together in response to human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

  • 20/11/2012
    The Trust Fund for the Victims of Human Trafficking appeals for support, on Universal Children's Day
  • 16/11/2012
    Cambodia fights sexual exploitation of children with more female police and by training all police on gender-based violence

    UNODC Cambodia recently cooperated with Project Childhood (Protection Pillar) to train female police officers. The trainings aim at building capacity to to identify and arrest offenders and to effectively act upon crimes against children.

  • 18/10/2012
    UNODC 2012 Guidance Note - Abuse of a Position of Vulnerability
  • 18/10/2012
    Human trafficking under spotlight at Conference of Parties meeting

    Photo: UNODC Traffickers in human beings make an estimated $32 billion annually in an illicit market that affects millions of victims worldwide every year. On the margins of the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, intergovernmental agencies, NGOs and government representatives discussed progress made and shared best practices and challenges in fighting one of the world's most shameful crimes and one that robs people of their dignity and basic rights.

  • 16/10/2012
    Issue Paper - Abuse of a position of vulnerability and other 'means' within the definition of trafficking in persons

    The purpose of this issue paper is to clarify the key concept of abuse of a position of vulnerability as a means of the crime of trafficking in persons in the definition contained in Article 3 of the Trafficking in Persons Protocol. Drawing on interviews with practitioners from 12 States (Canada, Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, India, Mexico, Netherlands (the), Nigeria, Republic of Moldova (the), Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the), and United States of America (the)), and finalized with input received during an expert group meeting, two products were developed, the issue paper and a corresponding Guidance Note that aims to assist criminal justice officers in penal proceedings.

  • 10/10/2012
    Nigeria launches anti-human trafficking campaign, as Goodwill Ambassadors are named

    Photo: Joke Silva, a prominent Nigerian director, producer and actress (left) and Jude Abaga M.I., a talented hip-hop artist, producer, lyricist and instrumentalist, were yesterday appointed UNODC Goodwill Ambassadors to spearhead anti-human trafficking activities in NigeriaThe Government of Nigeria, jointly with UNODC and the European Union, has launched a nationwide three-year anti-human trafficking campaign. Entitled "I am Priceless", the campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the reality, dangers and possible impact of irregular migration, as a consequence of either being smuggled or being a victim of trafficking in persons. UNODC also appointed two Nigerian celebrities, Joke Silva and Jude Abaga, as Goodwill Ambassadors to spearhead activities connected with the campaign, particularly among the young and vulnerable.

  • 28/09/2012
    Trade of Innocents: Film captures reality of child trafficking for sexual exploitation

    Photo: UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov with UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino at the preview screening of "Trade of Innocents" in New YorkUNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov attended a preview screening of Trade of Innocents, a film that exposes the grim reality of children trafficked for sexual exploitation. The UNODC chief participated at the event in New York with Mira Sorvino, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador against human trafficking, who has a starring role in the film.

  • 27/09/2012
    On World Tourism Day, UNODC chief calls for more efforts to tackle trafficking for sexual exploitation

    Photo: Girls in karaoke bar, Sihanoukville, Cambodia. © Mattia Insolera. Cambodian and ethnic Vietnamese women and girls are trafficked internally to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville for forced prostitution in brothels and karaoke bars.On the occasion of World Tourism Day, marked today, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov highlighted the important role that the tourism industry can play in combating human trafficking for sexual and other exploitation. The World Tourism Organization's Global Code of Ethics for Tourism calls on governments to combat exploitation through the national legislation of both the countries visited and the countries of the perpetrators of these acts, even when such acts are carried out abroad.

  • 24/09/2012
    Social Good Summit 2012: “To be socially good, we need to be good socially”

    Left to Right - Laurie Bolthouse (producer of Trade of Innocents), Yury Fedotov (Executive Director of UNODC), and Mira Sorvino (Actress and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Human Trafficking): Social Good Summit 2012From 22 to 24 September, the annual Social Good Summit is being held in New York. Coinciding with the United Nations General Assembly, which opened this past week, the Social Good Summit is presented by a variety of industry, performing arts and development leaders, bringing together members of the private and public sectors to discuss the role of technology in social advancement.

  • 07/09/2012
    Submission of credentials
  • 31/08/2012
    Convention des Nations Unies contre la criminalité transnationale organisée et ses Protocoles
  • 22/08/2012
    Global Migration Group: acting together in a world on the move

    Photo: IOM/ An IOM-supported convoy of 15 lorries carrying 1,222 African migrants from Sabha, southern Libya to ChadUNODC officially assumed the chairmanship of the Global Migration Group (GMG) on 1 July 2012, for a period of six months. The GMG is an inter-agency group bringing together heads of international organizations to promote the wider application of relevant international and regional instruments and norms relating to migration.