Human Trafficking

UNODC and Trafficking in Persons: News, Events and Publications
  • 01/04/2009
    Joint Programme in the area of Anti-Human Trafficking in Serbia

    serbia joint programmeThe UNODC Regional Programme Office for South East Europe (RPOSEE), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Mission to Serbia and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission to Serbia organized two roundtables in Belgrade on the joint programme in the area of Anti-Human Trafficking in Serbia which was developed under the UN.GIFT.

  • 01/04/2009
    Enhancing Operational Capacity to Investigate and Disrupt Human Trafficking Activities in the Western Balkans
  • 01/04/2009
    Trafficking Workshop in Tashkent
  • 01/04/2009
    UNODC promotes international cooperation in Mexico and Central America
  • 01/04/2009
    Workshop on International Criminal Justice Cooperation in response to migrant smuggling
  • 01/04/2009
    court of women
  • 01/04/2009
    combating TIP in accordance with the principles of Islamic Law
  • 01/04/2009
    Belgrade workshop on enhancing operational capacity against human trafficking in the Western Balkans
  • 01/04/2009
    ASEAN Workshop on International Legal Cooperation in Trafficking in Persons Cases
  • 01/04/2009
    Anti-migrant smuggling training Rabat
  • 01/04/2009
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  • 25/03/2009
    Breaking the silence on human trafficking

    Blue Heart25 March 2009 - Today is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that "Despite the official abolition of slavery, racism still pollutes our world. So too do contemporary forms of slavery". UNODC and the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) argue that human trafficking is a form of contemporary slavery that shames us all.

  • 11/03/2009
    Colloquium on Justice Delivery in human trafficking crimes

    The UNODC Regional Office for South Asia Project "Strengthening the law enforcement response in India against trafficking in persons through training and capacity building" is a joint initiative of the UNODC and the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs.

    Under that project, UNODC ROSA teamed with the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) of India to organize a one day Colloquium on Justice Delivery in Human Trafficking Crimes for Judicial Officers, Prosecutors and Police Officers on 15 November 2008 in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The colloquium involved all three wings of the criminal justice system, from all over India. Participants also included representatives from the media, UN agencise, civil society partners and students as observers.  More than 250 senior officials attended this event.

  • 05/03/2009
    UNODC launches Blue Heart campaign against human trafficking
  • 05/03/2009
    UNODC launches Blue Heart campaign against human trafficking

    Blue Heart5 March 2008 - Today at the Women's World Awards in Vienna, UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa launched the Blue Heart Campaign with actors Claudia Cardinale and Monica Bellucci and other stars to rally world public opinion against human trafficking. This crime strips people of their rights, ruins their dreams, and robs them of their dignity. It is a global problem and no country is immune.

  • 02/03/2009
    UNODC launches Central America regional assessment on penal prosecution capacities to investigate trafficking in persons

    Report launch2 March 2009 - The findings of 22 strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) workshops with law enforcement, penal prosecution and judicial authorities conducted during 2008 by UNODC in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, have been put together in a regional report which analyses in depth the political, legal, institutional and technical conditions to investigate trafficking in persons, and provides practical recommendations to overcome gaps in the prosecution of traffickers.

  • 02/03/2009
    Slideshow: Guinea Bissau

    This slide show, accompanied by an interview with the Chief of the UNODC Anti-Trafficking Section, Brian Taylor, clearly illustrates the situation in West Africa.

  • 27/02/2009
    Mr. Costa Launches the Trafficking in Persons Report

    UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa releases the 2009 Trafficking in Persons report at a press conference in New York the same day that he also appointed Miro Sorvino

  • 27/02/2009
    Mr. Costa Launches the Trafficking in Persons Report

    Mr. Costa Launches the Trafficking in Persons Report UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa releases the 2009 Trafficking in Persons report at a press conference in New York the same day that he also appointed Miro Sorvino

  • 26/02/2009
    Interview with Mira Sorvino

    Interview with Mira Sorvino

    In New York, Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino, was appointed as UNODC Goodwill Ambassador's to Combat Human Trafficking.

    Ms. Sorvino is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning actress, producer and an accomplished human rights advocate.

     

  • 26/02/2009
    Interview with Mira Sorvino
    In New York, Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino, was appointed as UNODC Goodwill Ambassador's to Combat Human Trafficking. Ms. Sorvino is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning actress, producer and an accomplished human rights advocate.
  • 18/02/2009
    Interview with Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino
  • 18/02/2009
    Mr.Costa launches human trafficking report at UN Headquarters
  • 18/02/2009
    Ungift Human Trafficking

    Ungift Human TraffickingTo coincide with the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking, UN.GIFT has produced a new Public Service Announcement video spot. The theme - a man walks through a market without realising the human trafficking crimes happening around him - calls for people to open their eyes to human trafficking.

  • 18/02/2009
    UN.GIFT - Open Your Eyes to Human Trafficking

    UN.GIFT has produced a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) video spot to coincide with the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking. The theme - a man walks through a market without realising the human trafficking crimes happening around him - calls for people to open their eyes to human trafficking.

  • 18/02/2009
    UN.GIFT - Open Your Eyes to Human Trafficking

    Open Your Eyes to Human TraffickingUN.GIFT has produced a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) video spot to coincide with the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking. The theme - a man walks through a market without realising the human trafficking crimes happening around him - calls for people to open their eyes to human trafficking.

  • 17/02/2009
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  • 16/02/2009
    Interview on trafficking in persons in Asia

    UNODC Podcast UNODC met with Alexia Taveau, Crime prevention expert, who participated in the making of the Trafficking in Persons report. Alexia whose main region of study was South East Asia, discusses how making this report was a major data collection exercise and what were the challenges in seeking information in South East Asia.

  • 16/02/2009
    Research Expert talks about creating the Trafficking in Person's Report

    UNODC Podcast On February 12 th 2009, UNODC launched the Trafficking in persons report. A first of its kind, the report reflects the state of the world's response to human trafficking containing information from 155 countries and territories. UNODC met with Research Expert Fabrizio Sarrica, who discusses the report's findings and how it offers an unprecedented view of the scope of human trafficking and what is being done to fight it.

  • 12/02/2009
    UNODC report on human trafficking exposes modern form of slavery

    global Report on Trafficking in Persons12 February 2009 - A Global Report on Trafficking in Persons launched today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) provides new information on a crime that shames us all.

    Based on data gathered from 155 countries, it offers the first global assessment of the scope of human trafficking and what is being done to fight it. It includes: an overview of trafficking patterns; legal steps taken in response; and country-specific information on reported cases of trafficking in persons, victims, and prosecutions.

  • 12/02/2009
    Global Report on Trafficking in Persons

    coverA Global Report on Trafficking in Persons launched today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) provides new information on a crime that shames us all.

    Based on data gathered from 155 countries, it offers the first global assessment of the scope of human trafficking and what is being done to fight it. It includes: an overview of trafficking patterns; legal steps taken in response; and country-specific information on reported cases of trafficking in persons, victims, and prosecutions.

  • 12/02/2009
    Global Report on Trafficking in Persons

    Global Report on Trafficking in Persons

  • 12/02/2009
    “Denial and Neglect Undermine the Fight against Human Trafficking”, says UNODC Director
  • 07/02/2009
    Mira Sorvino to be appointed goodwill ambassador

    Mira Sorvino12 February 2009 - New York, NY: Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino, will be appointed a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking. The ceremony takes place in the Trusteeship Council Chamber of the United Nations between 3:00-5:00 pm on Thursday, 12 February.

  • 06/02/2009
    Stepping up counter-kidnapping work in Mexico

    prison4 February 2009 -  A week-long training course on the UNODC manual to counter kidnapping was recently inaugurated in Mexico City. The opening included senior officials from the Mexico General Attorney's Office, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Foreign Relations and UNODC.

  • 05/02/2009
    Launch of global report on trafficking in persons

    cover11 February 2009 - One year on from the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking, UN.GIFT will launch a "Global Report on Trafficking in Persons".  The report is the result of a major data collection exercise carried out during 2007 and 2008.  A first of its kind, the report reflects the state of the world's response to human trafficking containing information from 155 countries and territories. It offers an unprecedented view of the scope of human trafficking and what is being done to fight it, including global trafficking patterns and the legal steps taken in response.

  • 29/01/2009
    Work Abroad Public Service Announcement
  • 29/01/2009
    UN.GIFT PSA Open Your Eyes
  • 29/01/2009
    Better Future Public Service Announcement
  • 29/01/2009
    Telephone Public Service Announcement
  • 29/01/2009
    Clean
  • 26/01/2009
    Video spot - open your eyes to human trafficking (UN.GIFT)

    To coincide with the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking, UN.GIFT has produced a new Public Service Announcement video spot. The theme - a man walks through a market without realising the human trafficking crimes happening around him - calls for people to open their eyes to human trafficking.

    Duration: 0:30 and 0:60

  • 26/01/2009
    UNODC video spot 'Cleaning Woman' - trafficking in human beings

    The spot calls on the general public to take action against human trafficking by showing a woman helping a victim escape her forced labour situation.  UNODC worked closely with local partners in the distribution of the spot to add a telephone hotline number at the end for help or more information.

  • 26/01/2009
    UNODC video spot 'Telephone' - trafficking in human beings

    The spot seeks to empower victims of human trafficking by showing that it may be possible to escape forced labour situations. UNODC worked closely with local partners in the distribution of the spot to add a telephone number where victims are able to receive assistance and support.

  • 26/01/2009
    UNODC video spot 'Work Abroad' - trafficking in human beings

    Young women who are at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking networks are the focus of this Public Service Announcement. The spot uses powerful images to reveal the harsh realities behind attractive job offers abroad, and seeks to educate potential victims of the dangers involved in human trafficking.

  • 26/01/2009
    UNODC video spot 'Better Life' - trafficking in human beings

    The focus of this award-winning spot is the trafficking in men, women and children for forced labour, such as in factories, fields or as domestic servants. The spot aims to warn potential victims about the dangers of trafficking, and to raise awareness among the general public of this growing problem.

  • 24/01/2009
    Descent into the heart of darkness

    "We lined up the villagers, about 20 of them, and chopped their hands with a machete. They dropped to the ground screaming. We cracked their skulls."

    Opoko is a handsome boy with vivid eyes, in his late teens and a former child-soldier whom I met at a camp in the town of Gulu, northern Uganda, organized by UNODC and the ICC Trust Fund for Victims.

    Child-soldiers, their victimization and exploitation for violence against civilians, are a dramatic case of contemporary slavery - one that UNODC is committed to fight in the four corners of the world as part of our anti-human trafficking initiative (UN.GIFT).

    Read about the Executive Director's mission to Uganda and the dramatic stories reported to him by dozens of children in conflict.

    There is no return from the heart of darkness.

  • 06/01/2009
    Video spot - Telephone (2003)

    The spot seeks to empower victims of human trafficking by showing that it may be possible to escape forced labour situations. UNODC worked closely with local partners in the distribution of the spot to add a telephone number where victims are able to receive assistance and support.

    Duration: 0:45

  • 02/12/2008
    Abolishing slavery, eradicating human trafficking

    Hand holding the "key to freedom"2 December 2008 - Today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, commemorating the abolition of the slave trade by Britain some 200 years ago. At an International People's Lecture organized last week by the NGO Stop The Traffik, lawyer Cherie Booth QC said freedom from slavery was the very first human right recognized by international law.

  • 30/11/2008
    Expert Group Meeting to elaborate training materials to combat migrant smuggling

    Between 30 November and 2 December 2008, expert law enforcers and prosecutors from around the world gathered in Saly, Senegal, to share their experience in investigating and prosecuting migrant smuggling with a view to providing practical input to the elaboration of basic training modules on preventing and combating the Smuggling of Migrants.

    The meeting was hosted by the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa, together with Europol and Interpol, and with the assistance of the UNODC Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa. The meeting was made possible through funding received from the European Union.

    Expert participants came from Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States of America as well as Interpol and Europol....