Human Trafficking

UNODC and Trafficking in Persons: News, Events and Publications
  • 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
    Human Trafficking

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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....

  • 21/11/2008
    Migrant Smuggling A deadly business
  • 21/11/2008
    UNODC Smuggling of Migrants

    UNODC, as the guardian the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the Protocols thereto, assists States in their efforts to implement the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air (Migrants Protocol).

  • 20/11/2008
    Impact programme

    An example of UNODC's assistance to States in implementing the Protocol is UNODC's Impact Programme which aims to support States in West and North Africa in implementing the Migrant Smuggling Protocol and strengthen criminal justice systems by;

    • Establishing adequate legislative frameworks
    • Building the capacities of law enforcement, prosecution and the judiciary
    • Strengthening international and regional cooperation, and
    • Fostering prevention through raising awareness among relevant authorities and the general public

    ...

  • 31/10/2008
    News and Events

    News and Events - Anti-Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Unit

  • 30/10/2008
    UNODC Publications - Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling

    Browse and download UNODC's anti-trafficking and anti-smuggling tools and publications.

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  • 30/10/2008
    What is Human Trafficking?
  • 20/10/2008
    Lebanon: UNODC launches report on trafficking

    Report cover20 October 2008 - According to a newly released national report, only 60 cases involving victims of human trafficking are officially identified every year in Lebanon. These include cases that are either processed through the courts or through the national Complaints Office.

  • 15/10/2008
    Trafficking in Lebanon
  • 09/10/2008
    Toolkit to Combat Trafficking in Persons
  • 24/09/2008
    UN.GIFT Emma Thompson (2008)

    Following her appearance at the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking in February 2008, in this Public Service Announcement (PSA), Emma Thompson voices for the victims of human trafficking.

  • 24/09/2008
    UN.GIFT Emma Thompson (2008)

    Emma ThompsonFollowing her appearance at the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking in February 2008, in this Public Service Announcement (PSA), Emma Thompson voices for the victims of human trafficking.

  • 18/09/2008
    UNODC strengthens anti-trafficking units

    Human trafficking in Central America18 September 2008 - Central America is hard hit by human trafficking. In countries like Guatemala, organized criminal groups prey on poverty and desperation to recruit victims through force and deception. To support anti-trafficking efforts, earlier this year UNODC started providing assistance to specialized anti-trafficking units in Guatemala and the region.

  • 01/07/2008
    UNODC_Central_America

    In July 2008, the Ibero American Association of Public Prosecutors Offices (AIAMP), the highest political penal prosecution instance in the region, resolved to recognize UNODC project against trafficking in persons (XCAS26) in Central America as a model program to be replicated in other countries.

    WorkshopFocused on strengthening investigative capacities of prosecutors and police services, the XCAS26 program brings to the table an innovative methodology in the provision of technical assistance: training material and trainer's guidelines are produced jointly with the beneficiaries of the project. Felipe De La Torre, UNODC crime prevention expert and project coordinator based in Mexico City comments: "By involving our future trainees in the actual elaboration of tailor-made capacity building tools, UNODC is able to ensure a legitimate and democratic process that empowers public officials and suits real needs". UNODC and its partner ILANUD (United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of the Offenders) are currently carrying out workshops in each Central American country in order to enrich and validate these tools which will serve as the basic material for an intensive training phase beginning in 2010.

  • 09/06/2008
    Encountering human trafficking in Bolivia

    9 June 2008 - When I first served the United Nations in Bolivia (from 1991 to 1994), trafficking in persons was not an issue. Only drug trafficking was discussed. Now, this has definitely changed. I returned to Bolivia in early 2007 when Evo Morales, the first indigenous President of Bolivia, had just completed his first year as head of Government. He has made a strong commitment to the elimination of discrimination against the indigenous population.

  • 04/06/2008
    United Nations General Assembly urges stronger action against human trafficking

    4 June 2008 - At any given time, millions of people are probably suffering the exploitation of modern-day slavery.  No country is immune from human trafficking, a crime that that shames us all. UNODC reports that victims from 127 countries undergo exploitation in 135 nations. And human trafficking is big business. The United Nations and other experts estimate the total market value of illicit human trafficking at $32 billion.

  • 21/05/2008
    Video spot - Cleaning Woman (2003)

    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.

    Duration: 0:45

  • 27/04/2008
    Human Trafficking Public Service Announcement

    Human Trafficking Public Service Announcement

  • 18/04/2008
    Electronic Toolkit Chapter 8 Victim Assistance
  • 18/04/2008
    Electronic Toolkit Chapter 9 Prevention of Trafficking in Persons