Human Trafficking

UNODC and Trafficking in Persons: News, Events and Publications
  • 01/06/2010
    UNODC-CBSS Joint Report launched

    On the 31 st May 2010 UNODC and the Council of the Baltic Sea States Task Force on Trafficking in Human Beings (CBSS TF-THB) successfully completed the joint "Regional Project on Fostering Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) - Law Enforcement Cooperation in Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking in, from and to the Baltic Sea Region."

    Read more here.

  • 19/05/2010
    What do we know about the involvement of organized crime in trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants? An update.

    In May 2010, senior experts met to discuss the study conducted by UNODC in partnership with the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (Ghent University), on the involvement of organized crime, trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants.

    UNODC organized a panel discussion in the margins of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Experts from research institutes, national authorities and UNODC linked their experience to the results of the study. They also presented their views on various avenues to pursue, to continue researching those links between organized crime, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.

    The discussion was led by a panel composed of...

  • 19/05/2010
    What do we know about the involvement of transnational organized crime in trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants? An update.

    In May 2010, senior experts met to discuss the study conducted by UNODC in partnership with the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (Ghent University), on the involvement of organized crime, trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants. UNODC organized a panel discussion in the margins of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

    Read more and view the panel discussion here.

  • 23/04/2010
    Astha: building a new life in Nepal

    Photo:UNODC: Astha (right) and a colleague at the Shakti Samuha shelter in Kathmandu, NepalAt the age of 13, Astha* was taken to a carpet factory in Kathmandu to work. "I was not aware that I had been sold to the owner," says Astha. "They made me work hard weaving carpets, and at night the owner would call me aside and sexually abuse me. I worked there for eight years and saw girls who were forced by the owner to sell their kidneys."

  • 15/04/2010
    Mexico launch Blue Heart campaign against human trafficking
  • 15/04/2010
    Mexico first country in the world to launch the "Blue Heart" campaign against human trafficking
  • 15/04/2010
    Mexico takes lead in launching national campaign against human trafficking

    Photo: UNODC: UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa (left) with Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, at the launch of the Mexico "Blue Heart"campaign against human trafficking, in Mexico CityMexico has taken the lead in putting human trafficking on the global agenda by launching its own national version of the United Nations "Blue Heart" campaign against human trafficking.

    President Felipe Calderón of Mexico and UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa launched the Mexico campaign in Mexico City.

  • 14/04/2010
    Mexico launches national campaign against human trafficking (Español)

    Mexico takes lead in launching national campaign against human trafficking.

  • 14/04/2010
    Mexico launches national campaign against human trafficking (Español)

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  • 14/04/2010
    Mexico takes lead in launching national campaign against human trafficking

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  • 14/04/2010
    Mexico takes lead in launching national campaign against human trafficking

    Mexico takes lead in launching national campaign against human trafficking

  • 01/04/2010
    Parliamentarians unite against organized crime
  • 23/03/2010
    Arab Initiative

    22 to 23 March 2010

    The Arab Initiative for building national capacities for combating human trafficking launched in Doha, Qatar

    The Arab Initiative to combat human trafficking was launched during the Doha Foundation Forum 2010, a regional conference aimed at consulting and exchanging views from relevant stakeholders in the Middle East and North Africa region and building political consensus for future regional action against human trafficking. The Arab Initiative aims to build national capacities for the 22 Arab League States to effectively prevent and combat human trafficking. The main partners of the project are the Qatar Foundation for Combating Human Trafficking (QFCHT), the League of Arab States and UNODC.

    Read more here.

  • 04/02/2010
    New United Nations stamps feature human trafficking theme

    Photo:UNODC

    4 February 2010 - The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has issued new stamps based on the human trafficking theme. The stamps are on sale from 5 February, and are available online, as well as at the UNPA offices in Geneva, New York and Vienna.

  • 01/02/2010
    Campaña Corazón Azul contra la trata de personas alcanza los 10.000 miembros
  • 29/01/2010
    Expert panelists address Working Group on Human Trafficking

    On the 27 th to the 29 th of January 2010, the Second Meeting of the Working Group on Trafficking in Persons was held in Vienna, Austria. The meeting was attended by some 200 country delegations, who came together to discuss the following issues:

    Each of the sessions was supported by an expert panel comprised of participants who shared their experiences of fighting trafficking in persons in their own country contexts.

  • 28/01/2010
    Mirar el camino recorrido y seguir adelante: la influencia de la UNODC en 10 esferas

    Photo:UNODC29 December 2009 - As 2009 draws to a close, UNODC revisits its work to promote global justice, integrity, health and security. Here are 10 ways that UNODC makes a difference.

  • 28/01/2010
    Side event to the Working Group on Trafficking in Persons: UNODC Technical Assistance Briefing

    In the margins of the Working Group on Trafficking in Persons, UNODC hosted a side event to brief delegates on the technical assistance UNODC offers to States parties in combating human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

    Read more here.

  • 27/01/2010
    Side event to the Working Group on Trafficking in Persons: Vienna Launch of the Framework for Action to Implement the Trafficking in Persons Protocol

    In the margins of the Working Group on Trafficking in Persons the International Framework for Action to Implement the Trafficking in Persons Protocol was launched in Vienna.

    Read more here.

  • 25/01/2010
    Blue Heart Campaign against human trafficking reaches 10,000 members

    Image:UNODC25 January 2010 - The Blue Heart Campaign against human trafficking reached a significant milestone during the first week of the new year: 10,000 members on its Facebook group. The Blue Heart Campaign is one of the larger anti-human trafficking groups on Facebook and one of the larger social cause groups on this issue.

     

     

  • 21/01/2010
    faqs migrant smuggling
  • 29/12/2009
    Looking back and forging ahead: 10 ways UNODC makes a difference

    Photo:UNODC29 December 2009 - As 2009 draws to a close, UNODC revisits its work to promote global justice, integrity, health and security. Here are 10 ways that UNODC makes a difference.

  • 04/12/2009
    Nicolas Cage Appointed UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice
  • 04/12/2009
    Donors help West Africa

    Photo: A. Scotti4 December 2009 - At a round table held in Vienna on 3 December, donors raised more than 15 million euro to help the Economic Community of West African States reduce the region's vulnerability to drugs and crime. The meeting, hosted by Austria and UNODC, is part of the Praia Process launched at a ministerial meeting in Cape Verde one year ago in response to a dangerous increase in cocaine trafficking through West Africa.

  • 03/12/2009
    ASEAN to introduce region-wide blueprint for trafficking in persons cases
  • 02/12/2009
    Domestic "service" or domestic slavery?

    Photo: Still from UNODC video/Public Service Announcement

    2 December 2009 - Aina's boss gave her a list of words: yes, thank you, hello, goodbye. These were the only words that Aina, then aged 18, had the right to say. Her day began at 6 a.m.: she prepared breakfast for the family's two children, then did the ironing, vacuuming, laundry, washing up, gardening and cooking. Her day ended at midnight. Aina ate the family's leftover food; she slept on the tiles in the bathroom floor.

  • 25/11/2009
    Human trafficking fuels violence against women

    Photo: Alessandro Scotti/UN.GIFT25 November 2009 - As the world marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UNODC is drawing attention to how human trafficking fuels violence against women.

    In its Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, UNODC revealed that two thirds of the total number of identified victims of trafficking were women.

  • 23/11/2009
    UNODC hosts regional meeting on justice and security

    Photo:UNODC23 November 2009 - UNODC Eastern Africa has organized a regional ministerial meeting on 23-24 November with experts and ministers from all 13 countries in the region to discuss and endorse a new programme for the period 2009-2012.

  • 12/11/2009
    Secretary-General condemns human trafficking and migrant smuggling

    Illustration:UNODC12 November 2009 -Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has drawn attention to the disturbing realities of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, as well as the treacherous conditions in which many migrants move and live.

  • 02/11/2009
    UNODC film premieres in Europe

    UNODC film premieres in Europe

    Photo:UNODC2 November 2009 - A new anti-human trafficking film by UNODC was recently featured at a European Union ministerial conference in Brussels, at Scotland Yard and at the Danish parliament.

  • 28/10/2009
    Kidnapping and human trafficking – the seamy side of globalisation
  • 16/10/2009
    Affected for Life

    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.

  • 16/10/2009
    "Lives are for sale in Europe", warns UNODC

    Photo:UNODC16 October 2009 - In the run up to EU Anti-Trafficking Day on 18 October, UNODC has issued a report based on the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons (launched in February 2009), which shows that trafficking in persons is an under-detected crime in Europe. Along with the new report, a training video for trainers of criminal justice officials and other specialized audiences is also available.

  • 16/10/2009
    Affected for Life

    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.

  • 16/10/2009
    Lives are for sale in Europe, warns UNODC
  • 16/10/2009
    Trafficking in Persons - Analysis on Europe
  • 16/10/2009
    Affected for Life - long version

    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

  • 16/10/2009
    Affected for Life - long version

    Affected for Life 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 will also be used as an awareness raising tool to exemplify some of the key facets of human trafficking, including the differences between human trafficking and smuggling of migrants.

    The film is available in both full-length and abbreviated versions in English, with other official UN languages versions to follow in early 2010.

  • 16/09/2009
    Women hold up half the sky

    Book cover: Half the sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn16 September 2009 - Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for action to protect women against abuses and discrimination. Secretary-General Ban made the remarks yesterday in New York at a panel discussion and book signing ceremony for Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a book by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

  • 14/09/2009
    Vulnerable youths in India get training

    Photo:Crisitna Albertin, Regional UNODC representative for South Asia, hands over a certificate to one the the trainees.14 September 2009 - Trafficking in persons is a priority concern for UNODC. Given that in India and elsewhere poverty is one of the main factors leading to human trafficking, UNODC has initiated a pilot training course for a group of young people vulnerable to being trafficked.

     

  • 01/09/2009
    Ambassador CdeBaca launching the UNODC Anti-Human Trafficking Manual

    At the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, the Anti-Human Trafficking Manual for Criminal Justice Practitioners was launched in the presence of several practitioners from the Thai government and UN authorities, as well as members of the media and the civil society.

  • 01/09/2009
    Ambassador CdeBaca launching the UNODC Anti-Human Trafficking Manual

    Ambassador CdeBaca launching the UNODC Anti-Human Trafficking Manual, BangkokAt the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, the Anti-Human Trafficking Manual for Criminal Justice Practitioners was launched in the presence of several practitioners from the Thai government and UN authorities, as well as members of the media and the civil society.

  • 28/08/2009
    UNODC releases new anti-human trafficking manual

    Photo:UNODC: US Ambassador-at-large Luis CdeBaca speaking at the launch28 August 2009 - Today at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, UNODC released a new manual that addresses gaps in the capacity of criminal justice practitioners to prevent and combat trafficking in persons.

    The manual, which was launched by United States Ambassador-at-large Luis CdeBaca, elaborates promising practices at every phase of the criminal justice response to trafficking in persons.

  • 13/08/2009
    Mexico endorses Blue Heart Campaign

    Blue Heart Campaign against human trafficking13 August 2009 - The recently established Inter-Secretariat Commission to Prevent and Prosecute Trafficking in Persons of Mexico has unanimously approved a UNODC proposal to launch the Blue Heart Campaign. Mexico will be the first Latin American State to take the lead in this global movement against human trafficking.

  • 10/08/2009
    Jury hears testimonies of human trafficking and HIV

    Court on Human Trafficking10 August 2009 - Last Thursday, on Bali, Indonesia, a jury of six eminent legal and human rights experts heard real-life testimonies of human trafficking, violence and exploitation at a symbolic trial organized to raise awareness about these issues in South-East Asia. Confronted with such testimonies, the members of the jury urged Governments, United Nations agencies, civil society organizations and others to urgently address the vulnerabilities of women to human trafficking and HIV.

  • 23/07/2009
    Ghana sentences human traffickers

    Photo: Kchenx:Flickr23 July 2009 - A court in Accra recently made history by sentencing three Chinese traffickers to 41 years in prison.

    The traffickers were arrested by the Ghana Anti-Trafficking Unit within the Criminal Investigations Department after an investigative journalist published a report.

  • 21/07/2009
    Sex imported from Africa

    Photo:UNODC21 July 2009 - Thousands of women are continually trafficked from West Africa to Europe in a multi-million dollar criminal industry.

    The women come from Nigeria and to a lesser extent Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cameroon and Guinea. They are usually taken to Italy, as well as the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium and other countries. With an estimated value of between $152 million and $228 million annually, the market sees a yearly inflow of between 3800 and 5700 women.

  • 14/07/2009
    Islamic law addresses human trafficking

    Photo:UNODC14 July 2009 - Human trafficking is a global problem, transcending geographical and religious borders. Measures to combat trafficking must therefore, also transcend geographical, economic, cultural and religious boundaries. In order to reach out to all Islamic countries, UNODC has released a ground-breaking paper entitled Combating Trafficking in Persons in Accordance with the Principles of Islamic Law.

  • 06/07/2009
    Model Law to help States fight modern slavery

    Photo:UNODC6 July 2009 - It is estimated that 2.4 million people throughout the world are lured into forced labour as a result of human trafficking. Women and girls account for some 80 per cent of trafficking victims, while children account for 15-20 per cent.

    UNODC has developed a model law - a generic law to guide member States in preparing their respective national laws - against trafficking in persons.

  • 30/06/2009
    Model Law against Trafficking in Persons