Human Trafficking

UNODC and Trafficking in Persons: News, Events and Publications
  • 19/07/2012
    Human trafficking: organized crime and the multibillion dollar sale of people

    Photo: UNODCThe exploitation of human beings is a highly lucrative business for organized criminal groups. As a new UNODC campaign launched this week highlights, it is an illicit market which affects millions of victims worldwide every year. With traffickers making an estimated $32 billion annually, human trafficking is one of the world's most shameful crimes and one which robs people of their dignity and basic rights.

  • 18/07/2012
  • 09/07/2012
    Cambodia: UN Trust Fund helps NGO to reintegrate children trafficked for exploitation

    Photo: UNODCThe thriving cross-border trade in Poipet, a Cambodian town on the Cambodia - Thailand border, attracts many migrant families from other parts of Cambodia. However, the lack of actual job opportunities has led to high unemployment rates and widespread poverty, with most residents earning one dollar a day or less. Child labour is widespread, not only in Poipet, but also through child trafficking and unsafe migration where children from Cambodia are taken across borders to work as beggars and street sellers in Bangkok.

  • 06/07/2012
    Камбоджа: Целевой Фонд ООН помогает неправительственным организациям реинтегрировать детей проданных для эксплуатации

    Photo: UNODC Процветающая транснациональная торговля в камбоджийском городе Паойпэт на границе с Тайландом привлекает множество мигрирующих семей из других уголков Камбоджи. Однако, отсутствие возможностей трудоустройства привело к высокому уровню безработицы и широкому распространению бедности, основное население зарабатывает один или меньше доллара в день.

  • 06/07/2012
    Camboya: Fondo Fiduciario de la ONU ayuda a una ONG a reinsertar a niños víctima de la trata de personas

    Photo: UNODC El próspero comercio transfronterizo en Poipet, una ciudad camboyana en la frontera entre Camboya y Tailandia, atrae numerosas familias migrantes desde otras áreas de Camboya. No obstante, la carencia de oportunidades laborales ha llevado a un aumento de la tasa de desempleo y ha generalizado la pobreza, ya que la mayoría de los habitantes gana un dólar al día o menos.

  • 04/07/2012
    Cambodge : le fonds d’affectation spéciale de l’ONU soutient les ONG dans leur travail de réinsertion des enfants exploités

    Photo: UNODC Le commerce transfrontalier en plein essor de Poipet, une ville cambodgienne sur la frontière entre le Cambodge et la Thaïlande, attire de nombreuses familles de migrants d'autres régions du Cambodge. Cependant, la pénurie d'emplois actuelle a mené à un chômage élevé et à une pauvreté généralisée, la majorité des habitants gagnant un dollar par jour ou moins.

  • 18/06/2012
    India: Border guards - critical stakeholders in combating human trafficking

    UNODC has brought together, for the first time, Indian actors manning the Indo-Bangladesh border and the Indo-Nepal border. In collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and the Border Security Force (BSF), UNODC organized a 'National Level Training Workshop for border control officers, front line officers and other relevant actors in victim identification and referral for appropriate treatment and reintegration of trafficked survivors'. The three day workshop with 40 participants took place from 6 to 8 June at the Border Security Force (BSF) Head Quarters in Siliguri, North Bengal.

  • 11/06/2012
    Albania: Fifteen-year-old girl gets her life back after being trafficked

    Photo: UNODCAna, a teenage girl from Albania, was only 2 years old when her parents divorced. Ana was sent to live with her father's new family, but when conditions at home became too harsh for her, she decided to run away. Barely into her teens, alone and without any money, the young girl met two boys who promised to help her find a job as a "hostess" in Kosovo. Their only condition was that she had to do everything they told her, no questions asked.

  • 11/06/2012
    Albanie : une jeune fille de 15 ans retrouve une vie normale après avoir été victime de la traite des personnes

    Photo: UNODC

    Ana, une adolescente albanaise, était âgée de deux ans seulement lorsque ses parents ont divorcé. Ana est allée vivre avec la nouvelle famille de son père, mais a pris la décision de s'enfuir lorsque ses conditions de vie étaient devenues trop difficiles.

    Jeune adolescente, seule et sans revenus, la jeune fille a rencontré deux garçons qui lui ont promis de l'aider à trouver un emploi « d'hôtesse » au Kosovo -à la condition qu'elle fasse tout ce qu'ils lui disent de faire, sans poser de questions.

  • 05/06/2012
    Moldavie : le Fonds d’affectation spéciale de l’ONU finance une aide juridique pour les victimes de la traite des personnes

    Photo: courtesy of UNDP in MoldovaLorsque Dana a lu l'annonce d'une agence de voyage proposant à des femmes moldaves de passer un été en Italie pour travailler en tant que serveuses dans une boîte de nuit, elle n'a pas hésité une seconde. La jeune femme de 19 ans rêvait d'aller en Italie depuis longtemps ; elle en avait maintenant l'opportunité, et ce pour une ronde somme d'argent. Dana a répondu à l'annonce et a ensuite fait le voyage fatidique vers l'Italie depuis son pays, niché entre l'Ukraine et la Roumanie.

  • 05/06/2012
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  • 05/06/2012
    Moldova: UN Trust Fund supports provision of legal assistance to victims of human trafficking

    Photo: courtesy of UNDP in MoldovaWhen Dana read an ad from a travel agency inviting  women from the Republic of Moldova to spend a summer in Italy working as waitresses in a nightclub, she did not think twice about seizing the opportunity. The 19-year-old had long dreamed of going to Italy; now she could do so - and even earn good money. Dana responded to the ad and soon after made the fateful journey from her country, nestled between Ukraine and Romania, west to Italy. Upon arrival, Dana found herself trapped in a nightmare.

  • 05/06/2012
    Brazil to document cases of human trafficking in public global database

    UNODC Case Law Database

    In order to enhance national action and contribute to the international effort to fight human trafficking, the UNODC Regional Office for Brazil and the Southern Cone, together with the Brazilian National Justice Council (CNJ) and the National Secretary for Justice (SNJ) have committed to collecting and disseminating information regarding  all judicial action in Brazil on human trafficking through the UNODC global Human Trafficking Case Law Database.

    It is expected that by the end of  2012 at least 50 Brazilian judicial proceedings will be documented in the UNODC Case Law Database.

  • 30/05/2012
    On the menu in the Bahamas: Wendy's restaurants fight human trafficking

    Photo: Officials at the launch holding the tray liner with anti-human trafficking messagesWendy's Bahamas, a franchise of the Wendy's international fast food chain, has joined the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) and the new Bahamas National Task Force on Trafficking in Persons to launch a unique "anti-trafficking in persons" tray liner in its 10 restaurants in Nassau and Grand Bahama.

  • 24/04/2012
    United Nations organizations cooperate to stamp out human trafficking and sex tourism

    Photo: Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department.Taking a firm stand against human trafficking, especially child trafficking, in the tourism sector, the heads of two United Nations bodies today pledged to stamp out this hidden scourge through joint efforts. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC and Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), also called for concerted global action at every level of society.

  • 17/04/2012
    UNODC and International Organization for Migration sign agreement for closer cooperation

    Photo: UNODC: A boat used to smuggle migrantsUNODC and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) today signed an agreement in which they pledged closer cooperation to tackle human trafficking and migrant smuggling and to improve border management, bearing in mind the cross-cutting theme of corruption. The memorandum of understanding was signed by IOM Director General William Lacy Swing and UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov.

  • 16/04/2012
    Portugal joins Blue Heart campaign against human trafficking

    Photo: Blue Heart campaign PortugalPortugal is the latest European country to join the Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking. At any given time, an estimated 140,000 victims of human trafficking are trapped in this vicious cycle of violence, abuse and degradation across Europe. UNODC research shows that victims are often duped by a recruiter who is a relative, a supposed friend or someone they trust.

  • 03/04/2012
    General Assembly President calls for redoubling of efforts to end human trafficking

    Photo: UNODCThe President of the sixty-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today called on Member States, civil society, the private sector and the media to step up efforts to bring an end to human trafficking, which he called "an appalling form of human rights abuse". "Human trafficking denies individuals their dignity, reducing them to mere objects by shamelessly exploiting them," he said.

  • 02/04/2012
    United Nations-private sector partnership crucial in meeting MDGs

    UNODC Deputy Director Sandeep Chawla (left) with Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact OfficeUnited Nations private-sector focal points and senior executives from major global business corporations met in Vienna on 28 and 29 March to devise a more consistent and coherent approach to private-sector engagement across the United Nations system to promote development. The forum examined new types of transformational partnerships for development and shared best practices that would contribute to the achievement of internationally agreed development goals.

  • 30/03/2012
    Senior UNODC and OSCE staff review past activities, plan for the future

    Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Secretary General Lamberto Zannier (left) with UNODC Executive Director, Yury FedotovSenior staff from UNODC and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) met today to discuss ways to cooperate and coordinate their activities. Opening the session, the Executive Director of UNODC, Yury Fedotov, stressed the importance of their two mandates and called on staff present to find ways in which UNODC and OSCE can add value to each other's work.

  • 30/03/2012
    ONUDC et OSCE : bilan des coopérations et projets futurs

    Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Secretary General Lamberto Zannier (left) with UNODC Executive Director, Yury FedotovLes hauts fonctionnaires de l'ONUDC et de l'Organisation pour la sécurité et la coopération en Europe (OSCE) se sont entretenus aujourd'hui sur des possibilités de coopération et de coordination de leurs activités.

    Inaugurant la session, le Directeur exécutif de l'ONUDC, M. Yury Fedotov, a souligné l'importance de leurs deux mandats et a appelé le personnel présent à trouver des moyens pour l'ONUDC et l'OSCE de joindre leurs forces.

  • 29/03/2012
    Joint UN Commentary on EU Directive on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in human beings is launched at the European Parliament

    On 28 March 2012 the joint UN Commentary on selected articles of the EU Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting victims was launched at the European Parliament.

    Working together six United Nations agencies (UNODC, UNHCR, OHCHR, UNICEF, ILO and UN Women) have published a commentary on selected articles of the EU Directive 2011/36/EU.

    Reade more here.

  • 25/03/2012
    Remembering the victims of slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

    25 March 2012 marks the fifth International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

    In commemoration of the memory of those victimized, the General Assembly, in its resolution 62/122 of 17 December 2007, declared 25 March the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade observed annually.

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  • 23/03/2012
    Combating Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling: Building Cooperation in Pakistan

    On a rare occasion, 35 senior officials of Federal and provincial governments, including the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), provincial police Home Departments, Ministry of Social Welfare, Ministry of Human Rights and the Ministry of Human Resources Development, sat side by side to explore strategies to better combat the crimes of smuggling of persons and trafficking in persons at a UNODC hosted workshop, "Strategic Dialogue on Smuggling of Migrants and Trafficking in Persons".

  • 07/03/2012
    UNODC Strategy on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling

    Trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants are global problems affecting states everywhere, and the well-being of countless individuals around the world. Having worked on these issues since the late 1990s, UNODC has now issued a comprehensive strategy setting out the complementary nature of UNODC's work in preventing and combating both human trafficking and migrant smuggling, and defining the immediate priorities for UNODC's future action and engagement on these crimes.

    Read more here.

  • 01/03/2012
    Mexico: Miss Universe 2010 lends support to Blue Heart Campaign against human trafficking

    Ximena Navarrete, Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete, Miss Universe 2010 and native of the Mexican state of Jalisco, has declared her support for the UNODC Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking. "Humans are not for sale, either in Jalisco or anywhere else in the world", said Navarrete on taking up her awareness-raising role, which is targeted at young people and families in her home state.

  • 07/02/2012
    United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons
  • 01/02/2012
    Catalogue of Materials - Anti- Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling
  • 16/01/2012
    Psychosocial care for women in shelter homes
  • 29/12/2011
    Prevent. Combat. Protect – Human Trafficking – Joint UN Commentary
  • 29/12/2011
    The EU Directive on Trafficking in Human Beings – A Joint UN Commentary

    Working together six United Nations agencies (UNODC, UNHCR, OHCHR, UNICEF, ILO and UN Women) have published a commentary on selected articles of the EU Directive 2011/36/EU.

    Over the past decade, the European Union has stepped up its efforts to fight human trafficking strengthening its focus on prevention and protection of victims. The adoption of the 2011 Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims, replacing Council Framework Decision, is the most recent sign of the continued commitment of the European Union in this field. The Directive represents a critical step in addressing human trafficking comprehensively.

  • 28/12/2011
    Blue for good: fashion with a conscience for victims of human trafficking

    Blue for good: fashion with a conscience for victims of human trafficking

    Photo/Beulah London: Silk Shibani Scarf As part of its efforts to forge partnerships with the private sector, the UNODC Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking has entered into a joint venture with luxury fashion label Beulah London, a socially conscious brand which, through the manufacture of its fashion items, works with women who have escaped the sex trade in India.

  • 22/12/2011
    UNODC and OSCE join efforts to tackle crime and drugs

    Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Secretary General Lamberto Zannier (left) with UNODC Executive Director, Yury FedotovUNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov today met Lamberto Zannier, Secretary-General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to discuss a joint action plan that will see the two organizations cooperate in tackling organized crime and illicit drugs. The two organizations intend to undertake substantive, long-term cooperation in combating transnational threats, with particular focus on illicit drugs, illicit firearms and terrorism.

  • 21/12/2011
    UNODC and IOM partner on an awareness seminar on consular services and human trafficking issues

    UNODC and IOM emphasised the need for a multidimensional, coordinated approach on trafficking in persons including the prevention and victim support services as one of the most exigent issues in human trafficking, at a workshop that took place in Tirana, Albania during 14 to16 December 2011.

  • 20/12/2011
    Lebanon joins the Blue Heart campaign against human trafficking

    Photo: Mr. Omar Natour, Judge and General Director of the Lebanese Ministry of Justice (left) and Masood Karimipour, Regional Representative of UNODC Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, at the launch in BeirutHigh-level representatives of the Government of Lebanon led government officials, local non-governmental organizations, media and UNODC staff in the official launch of the Blue Heart Campaign in Beirut last weekend. Speaking at the launch, Mr. Masood Karimipour, Regional Representative of the UNODC Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, said: "We are very pleased to note that Lebanon is the first country in the region to join the Blue Heart campaign."

  • 15/12/2011
    UNODC chief discusses drug and crime challenges with Thai Royal Princess

    Photo: ©UNIS/ Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand meets UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov15 December 2011 - UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov met with Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand as she led a delegation to the reconvened twentieth session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which was held in Vienna on 12 and 13 December. Mr. Fedotov expressed condolences to the families of more than 600 Thai nationals who lost their lives in the recent floods in Thailand and to all others affected by that crisis, and said that UNODC would provide assistance in post-crisis activities.

  • 15/12/2011
    Ways and Means — countering smuggling of migrants

    Awareness raising video on migrant smuggling

  • 07/12/2011
    Contact The Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT)

    The Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT)

    The Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) is a policy forum mandated to improve coordination among UN agencies and other relevant international organizations to facilitate an integrated approach to preventing and combating trafficking in persons.

    The first ICAT meeting was held in Tokyo in September 2006 in response to the ECOSOC Resolution 2006/27, which called for strengthening the coordination of anti-trafficking efforts among relevant UN agencies and other organizations. ICAT was offcially established in March 2007 by General Assembly Resolution 61/180.

    More about ICAT.

  • 02/12/2011
    International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

    Resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949

    The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others ( resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949).

  • 25/11/2011
    UNODC helps to eliminate violence against women

    Photo: UNToday, the world marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. In his message to commemorate the Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: "Violence against women and girls takes many forms and is widespread throughout the globe. Whether in developing or developed countries, the pervasiveness of this violence should shock us all.  Violence - and in many cases the mere threat of it - is one of the most significant barriers to women's full equality."

  • 01/11/2011
    UNODC and UNHCR sign memorandum of understanding to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling

    UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov (left) and UNHCR High Commissioner António Guterres (right)UNODC and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at furthering joint cooperation in combating human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants. The memorandum, which was signed by UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov and UNHCR High Commissioner António Guterres, is the first formal cooperation agreement between the two United Nations entities.

  • 18/10/2011
    United Nations anti-trafficking fund delivers help to victims

    Photos: A. Scotti for UN.GIFT/UNODC; Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department; UNICEF/ HQ03-0297/Christine Nesbitt (upper left corner: this photo was not taken in the context of human trafficking)The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking, managed by UNODC, has announced the release of its first tranche of funding for frontline organizations working with survivors of human trafficking. Some $300,000 will be disbursed under the 2011 Small Grants Facility to 12 organizations around the world working at the forefront of services provided to trafficking victims.

  • 10/10/2011
    UNODC launches first global database of human trafficking cases

    Photo: UNODCHuman trafficking is a truly global phenomenon and a crime which affects nearly every part of the world, whether as a source, transit or destination country. According to UNODC, victims from at least 127 countries have been identified, and it is estimated that more than 2.4 million people are being exploited by criminals at any given time. More than a decade after the adoption of the Trafficking in Persons Protocol, most countries have criminalized most forms of human trafficking in their legislation.

  • 29/09/2011
    Blue Heart Campaign and Caracol TV shine spotlight on human trafficking in Colombia

    Photo: UNODC Colombia is the latest country to join the Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking, with the signature of a "letter of intent" between UNODC and one of Colombia's biggest broadcasting corporations, Caracol. This corporate social responsibility agreement will heighten awareness of human trafficking among a wider audience, especially vulnerable groups such as displaced people and young women.

  • 23/09/2011
    Working Group on Trafficking October 2011

    The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime held in October 2010 decided  in its resolution 5/2 that the Working Group on Trafficking in Persons should continue to advise and assist it in the implementation of its mandate with regard to the Trafficking in Persons Protocol. The fourth session of the Working Group on Trafficking will be held in Vienna, Austria from 10 to 12 October 2011.

  • 23/09/2011
    Integrated and sustained efforts are key in ending human trafficking

    UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov with the First Lady of the Dominican Republic, H.E. Dr. Margarita Cedeño de Fernández / Photo: UNODC Speaking at two separate yet related events this week on the issue of human trafficking, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov reiterated the need for sustained efforts in fighting that crime at all levels. "It is only through working together from the community level right through to the international arena that we can break this crime and put an end to human trafficking," Mr. Fedotov said.

  • 09/09/2011
    Querétaro: the world’s first ‘Blue Heart City’

    Photo: UNODC

    In a move aimed at bolstering national efforts to combat and prevent human trafficking, Mexico became the first country in the world to adopt the UNODC-led Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking in April 2010. As an international symbol to promote the rights of human trafficking victims, the Campaign encourages officials, civil society and members of the public across the globe to take a stand against what is a form of modern-day slavery. Last month, the city of Querétaro became the world's first municipality to join the Blue Heart Campaign.

  • 26/08/2011
    First Aid Kit for Use by Law Enforcement Responders in Addressing Human Trafficking

    The UNODC Human Trafficking First Aid Kit for Law Enforcement Agencies has been designed to support front-line officers who may come into contact with cases of human trafficking.

    As well as a full e-version, the First Aid Kit has been released as a sample, or demonstration model carry case containing different types of concise yet useful information, providing guidance to first responders, who can play a vital role in determining the fate of a trafficked person by identifying indicators of human trafficking.

    The First Aid Kit has been designed by the UNODC Anti-Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Unit in response to the need identified by many practitioners in different regions of the world to make easy-to-use information available to all law enforcement officers, to increase the identification of trafficked persons.

    Read more and download the full package of the First Aid Kit here.

  • 23/08/2011
    Human Trafficking Training Film - Affected for Life - Language Versions Available

    Arabic - French - English - Spanish - Russian

    Affected for Life promotes awareness of human trafficking. The film is targeted at prosecutors, judges, law enforcement officers and other specialized audiences, and illustrates the elements and different forms of human trafficking. The film is available in both full-length and abbreviated versions in English, with other official UN languages versions to follow.

  • 23/08/2011
    Participation of non-governmental organizations