Human Trafficking

UNODC and Trafficking in Persons: News, Events and Publications
  • 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).

    Read more here.

  • 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.

  • 21/08/2012
    Groupe mondial sur la migration : travailler ensemble dans un monde en mutation

    Photo: IOM/ An IOM-supported convoy of 15 lorries carrying 1,222 African migrants from Sabha, southern Libya to Chad

    L'ONUDC a officiellement assumé la présidence du Groupe mondial sur la migration (GMG) le 1 er juillet 2012 pour une durée de six mois. Le GMG est un groupe inter-agences qui rassemble les directeurs d'organisations internationales afin de promouvoir une application plus large des instruments et règlementations relatives aux migrations.

  • 14/08/2012
    UNODC assumes chair of the Global Migration Group-GMG

    GMG logo The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 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 organisations to promote the wider application of all relevant international and regional instruments and norms relating to migration, and to encourage the adoption of more coherent, comprehensive and better coordinated approaches to the issue of international migration.

    Read more here.

  • 20/07/2012
    Торговля людьми: организованная преступность и мульти-миллиардный оборот людьми

    Photo: UNODCЭксплуатация человеческих жизней - это высокоприбыльный бизнес для организованных криминальных группировок.

  • 20/07/2012
    Trata de personas: delincuencia organizada y venta multimillonaria de personas

    Photo: UNODCLa explotación de seres humanos es un negocio altamente lucrativo para los grupos criminales organizados. Tal y como destaca la nueva campaña de UNODC lanzada esta semana, la trata de personas es un mercado ilícito que afecta a millones de víctimas alrededor del mundo cada año. Con unos beneficios anuales estimados de 32.000 millones de dólares, la trata de personas es uno de los crímenes más vergonzosos del mundo, privando de dignidad y despojando de sus derechos a las víctimas.

  • 19/07/2012
    Traite des êtres humains : la criminalité organisée fait des milliards de dollars de profits

    Photo: UNODCL'exploitation des êtres humains est une activité extrêmement lucrative pour les groupes criminels organisés. Comme une nouvelle campagne de l'ONUDC lancée cette semaine l'a mis en évidence, la traite des êtres humains affecte chaque année des millions de victimes dans le monde. Avec un profit annuel estimé à 32 milliards de dollars annuels, la traite des êtres humains compte parmi les crimes les plus indignes, violant la dignité et les droits fondamentaux des personnes.

  • 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
    Организованная преступность
  • 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.

  • 01/02/2012
    Catalogue of Materials - Anti- Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling
  • 18/01/2012
    UNODC and London-based watchmakers partner to help victims of human trafficking

    Photo/UNIS Geneva: Victoria Blue Heart watches on display at the launch event Backes and Strauss, the London-based watchmakers, have decided to support UNODC in raising funds for victims of human trafficking by launching an exclusive line of "Victoria Blue Heart watches". The watches were launched yesterday at a special event at the Hotel des Bergues, Geneva.

  • 16/01/2012
    Psychosocial care for women in shelter homes