Human Trafficking

UNODC and Trafficking in Persons: News, Events and Publications
  • 2011-02-13 16:09:00.0
    Video and Audio on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling

    Video and audio material on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling

  • 2011-02-09 11:41:20.0
    Rani: défenseur inébranlable pour la liberté face à l'esclavage et la traite humaine

    Photo: UNODC India: School girlsAvec plus de 2,4 millions de personnes en captivité à travers le monde, la traite des êtres humains est devenu à notre époque l'un des crimes et des problèmes majeurs de notre société. Pratiquement tous les pays dans le monde sont touchés par ce crime, que ce soit en tant que pays d'origine, de transit ou de lieu de destination des victimes.

  • 2011-02-08 15:02:59.0
    L'esclavage a été aboli une fois - il peut être supprimé à nouveau

    Photo: World Wide Documentaries Actuellement, à peu près 2.4 million de personnes sont pris au piège dans ce qui est considéré comme une forme moderne d'esclavage: la traite des êtres humains. Un peu partout dans le monde, des enfants, des femmes et des hommes sont exploités sexuellement et soumis au travail forcé, victimes de ce qu'on qualifie aujourd'hui de crime international odieux. Ce business mondial serait estimé à 32 milliards de dollars. Le trafic d' humain concerne presque tout les pays du monde.

  • 2011-02-08 15:00:10.0
    Mexico City Airport has a message for travellers: humans are not for sale

    Photo: UNODCWith more than 23 million travellers per year, Benito Juarez International Airport is Mexico's main international and domestic gateway, as well as Latin America's busiest hub for passenger traffic and aircraft movement. As such, it is a perfect venue for spreading messages to travellers on a crime that shames us all - that of human trafficking. UNODC Mexico and airport authorities have begun broadcasting public service announcements on human trafficking across the vast number of television monitors located in two terminals of the airport.

  • 2011-02-08 11:31:18.0
    Sensibilisation et éducation sont la clé pour combattre la traite des personnes

    Photo: UNODC En Novembre 2010, le ' United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking ' a été lancé pour venir en aide aux personnes les plus vulnérables. Administré par l'UNODC, le Fonds de contributions est dirigé par un panel de 5 membres qui sont des représentants géographique du conseil d'administration.

  • 2011-02-07 17:12:04.0
    Awareness and education are key to beating human trafficking

    Photo: UNODC In November 2010, the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking was launched to assist those most in need as a result of having been trafficked. Administered by UNODC, the Trust Fund is guided by a five-member board of trustees. One of those members, Dr. Saisuree Chutikul of Thailand, has been working for many years to fight human trafficking and its related social evils, such as gender-based violence.

  • 2011-01-20 11:04:38.0
    “Slavery was abolished once – it can be abolished again”

    Photo: World Wide Documentaries At any given time, some 2.4 million people are trapped in what is considered a modern form of slavery: human trafficking. Children, women and men across the globe are being sexually exploited and enslaved as forced labourers, victims of one of today's most heinous international crimes. On 19 January, the feature-length documentary film "Not My Life" premiered in New York City. Centred around human trafficking in Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America, Not My Life brings the story of this crime to the big screen.

  • 2011-01-11 16:21:53.0
    Mexico City Airport has a message for travellers: humans are not for sale

    Photo: UNODCWith more than 23 million travellers per year, Benito Juarez International Airport is Mexico's main international and domestic gateway, as well as Latin America's busiest hub for passenger traffic and aircraft movement. As such, it is a perfect venue for spreading messages to travellers on a crime that shames us all - that of human trafficking. UNODC Mexico and airport authorities have begun broadcasting public service announcements on human trafficking across the vast number of television monitors located in two terminals of the airport.

  • 2011-01-04 13:17:30.0
    Rani: an unwavering advocate for freedom from slavery and human trafficking

    Photo: UNODC India: School girlsWith more than 2.4 million people held captive across the world, human trafficking has become one of today's major crimes and issues of social concern. UNODC interviewed Rani Hong, a survivor of human trafficking and the founder of the Tronie Foundation to support survivors of the crime. For the past 10 years, Rani has been sharing her story across the globe to inspire people and collect support for her  work with survivors of human trafficking.

  • 2010-12-20 14:26:32.0
    Lors de la Journée mondiale des migrants, UNODC dévoile des outils pour aider les Etats à affronter la souffrance des personnes victimes de la traite

    Photo: UNODC: Migrant smuggling boatLes gens quittent leur pays pour bien des raisons différentes, qu'elles soient économiques, sociales, politiques ou religieuses. De tous temps, les migrants ont surmonté l'adversité et trouvé ailleurs une vie meilleure. Aujourd'hui, la mondialisation a fait augmenter considérablement le nombre de migrants.

  • 2010-12-20 11:00:00.0
    Workshop on Combating Money Laundering Related to Human Trafficking in Sana'a

    Between 11 and 13 December, the UNODC Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML) and the UNODC Anti-Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Unit partnered with the Yemeni National Committee for AML/CFT to present a workshop on money laundering related to proceeds from human trafficking.

  • 2010-12-17 16:24:35.0
    Building Partnerships to Help Victims: The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking
  • 2010-12-17 14:50:22.0
    On Migrants Day, UNODC unveils tools to help States address plight of smuggled and trafficked victims

    Photo: UNODC: Migrant smuggling boatPeople leave their countries for a variety of reasons, whether social, economic, political or religious. Throughout history, migrants have overcome adversity and found a better life elsewhere. The International Migrant's Day, marked every year on 18 December, acknowledges the world's 214 million migrants, recognizes their contributions to society and, importantly, recalls their human rights.

  • 2010-12-16 11:40:17.0
    Mira Sovirno appelle au soutien du Fonds des Nations unies contre la traite des personnes

    Photo: UNODCMira Sovirno, actrice lauréate de l'Academy Award, activiste humanitaire et Ambassadrice de bonne volonté à l'UNODC, reçut aujourd'hui le Global Advocate of the Year Award, pour son soutien à la cause des victimes de la traite des êtres humains, de l' United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA), le service de presse des Nations unies à New York.

  • 2010-12-16 10:10:12.0
    Mira Sorvino calls for support of UN human trafficking fund

    Photo: UNODCAcademy Award winning actress, humanitarian and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino was today awarded the Global Advocate of the Year Award for her support in highlighting the plight of victims of human trafficking by the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA), the UN's press corps in New York.

  • 2010-12-14 13:11:00.0
    Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons ICAT

    International Organizations United against Trafficking in Persons

    The United Nations and key relevant international organizations launched a first joint publication detailing recommendations for coordinated future action to combat trafficking in persons during the 6 th meeting of the Inter-agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT).

     

  • 2010-12-14 11:17:45.0
    Treaties
  • 2010-12-13 14:34:09.0
    Le secteur privé, élément crucial de la lutte contre la traite des personnes

    Photo: UNODC

    Avec plus de 2.4 million de personnes retenues captives à travers le monde, la traite des personnes est devenue l'un des crimes et des problèmes sociaux les plus importants de notre époque.

    Pour trouver de nouvelles façons de mettre fin à ce fléau, le « Forum international Mettre fin à la traite maintenant : appliquer le Protocole de Luxor des Nations unies » démarra aujourd'hui, réunissant des décideurs politiques, des membres de la société civile et des hommes d'affaire venant de toutes les régions du monde.

  • 2010-12-13 11:42:55.0
    Toolkit to Combat Smuggling of Migrants
  • 2010-12-11 15:24:11.0
    Private sector crucial in fight against human trafficking

    Photo: UNODCWith more than 2.4 million people held captive across the world, human trafficking has become one of today's major crimes and issues of social concern. To find new ways to tackle this scourge, the 'End Human Trafficking Now: Enforcing the UN Protocol Luxor International Forum' kicked off today bringing together policy makers, civil society and business leaders from around the world.

  • 2010-12-11 15:19:40.0
    Business leaders, civil society and Hollywood join with UN to protect victims of human trafficking
  • 2010-12-08 16:05:57.0
    Basic Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting the Smuggling of Migrants
  • 2010-12-08 15:37:08.0
    UNODC Model Law against Smuggling of Migrants
  • 2010-12-02 00:00:00.0
    Addressing Trafficking in Persons since 1949

    After about half a century, the most recent global effort to address this crime at the international level has been the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime which entered in force on 25 December 2003. The Trafficking in Persons Protocol for the first time provides a universally agreed upon definition of trafficking in persons. It addresses human trafficking as a crime including all forms of exploitation and all types of victims, seeking to balance law enforcement action with the rights of victims.

  • 2010-11-18 13:49:48.0
    UNODC Head highlights increasing progress and support for UN Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking
  • 2010-11-18 11:55:30.0
    UNODC Head highlights increasing progress and support for UN Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking
  • 2010-11-10 00:00:00.0
    a united voice to the protection of migrants

    The vital work of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and others to respond to the complex and wide-ranging issues relating to migration, including trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, has been underlined at the world's foremost migration forum.

  • 2010-11-05 13:53:10.0
    Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher join Secretary-General to launch Trust Fund for victims of human trafficking

    Photo: Ashton Kutcher & Demi Moore - Poster Slogan "Real Men don't Buy Girls"In a bid to help the victims of human trafficking, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today launched the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons with Hollywood stars and humanitarian activists Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. Joining them were Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly, Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC, former trafficking victims, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Nicholas Kristof.

  • 2010-11-04 20:50:26.0
    Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher join Secretary-General to launch Trust Fund for victims of human trafficking

    Photo: Ashton Kutcher & Demi Moore - Poster Slogan "Real Men don't Buy Girls"In a bid to help the victims of human trafficking, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today launched the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons with Hollywood stars and humanitarian activists Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. Joining them were Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly at its sixty-fifth session, Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC, former trafficking victims, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Nicholas Kristof.

  • 2010-11-04 19:58:15.0
    Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher join UN Secretary General in launch of UN Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking
  • 2010-11-03 17:01:58.0
    Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher to kick off launch of fund for human trafficking victims

    Image: UNODCCelebrated humanitarians and actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher will join Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tomorrow in New York to lead the launch of the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons. Joining them will be the President of the General Assembly at its sixty-fifth session Joseph Deiss and UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov.

  • 2010-11-03 12:26:20.0
    Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher to kick off launch of fund for human trafficking victims

    Image: UNODCCelebrated humanitarians and actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher will join Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tomorrow in New York to lead the launch of the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons. Joining them will be the President of the General Assembly at its sixty-fifth session Joseph Deiss and UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov.

  • 2010-10-21 12:09:00.0
    Side Event on the Arab Initiative to combat human trafficking

    The Side Event on the Arab Initiative to combat human trafficking took place during the Fifth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime Conference (UNTOC) on 21 October 2010 in Vienna.

    Due to its strategic location and comparatively weak control measures in some of the countries in the region, organized crime activities, such as human trafficking, are expanding in the region, and bringing increasing profits to international and local criminal organizations.

    The Arab Initiative aims at supporting the Arab States in (i) preventing and combating human trafficking by promoting the ratification and implementation of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, (ii) strengthening the institutional and human capacities of the criminal justice systems, (iii) improving mechanisms for the appropriate identification  referral, support, and protection of trafficked victims, and (iv) raising the awareness about the crime and its devastating consequences on individuals and societies at large.

  • 2010-10-19 12:10:00.0
    Experts discuss interventions and recommendations to improve access to compensation for trafficked persons

    In comparison to the highly profitable trafficking crime, which is estimated to net traffickers 32 billion USD every year [1], the actual receipt of financial compensation received by victims of trafficking to-date is far from adequate. Compensation and redress to justice for victims of trafficking has wider implications in the fight against trafficking in persons. On a societal and moral level, it is symbolic to acknowledge the pain and suffering of victims. On a practical level, receipt of compensation provides victims with the finances to rebuild their lives. On a retributive level, when compensation is derived from seized assets of traffickers, this mechanism should work to punish and a deter perpetrators of this heinous crime.

    To develop the discussion regarding compensation for trafficked victims, a Side Event entitled Access to Justice: Ensuring Compensation for Trafficked Victims was held on 19 October 2010, in the margins of Fifth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime Conference (UNTOC), conducted in Vienna from 18-22 October 2010.

  • 2010-10-15 12:10:00.0
    Implementation of the Trafficking in Persons Protocol - Challenges in the delivery of technical assistance

    On the 15th of October, during the Conference of the Parties, UNODC held a side event to examine and discuss the requirements for the successful delivery of technical assistance to Member States relating to the implementation of the Protocol to Prevent, Supress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (the Trafficking Protocol).

    Presentations were made by representatives from UNODC field offices who explored themes including issues to take into account when delivering technical assistance, the importance of delivering projects that adequately respond to identified needs in specific countries, the importance of monitoring and evaluation, and best practices in the delivery of technical assistance.

  • 2010-10-08 16:59:56.0
    Taking exploitation out of tourism in India

    PledgeEvery year, millions of tourists visit India, and the Commonwealth Games currently taking place in New Delhi have added thousands more to that number. While tourism can be a boon, a darker picture of the industry also emerges as the sexual exploitation of women and children, and trafficking in persons, increasingly come to the fore.

  • 2010-09-23 19:24:59.0
    International community broadens efforts to help victims of human trafficking

    The Group of Friends against Human Trafficking, a coalition of 20 countries, held its first ministerial meeting in New York to step up efforts against modern-day slavery. Lending his weight to the initiative, Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC, lauded "the Group's commitment to promote decisive actions at national, regional and international levels to strengthen the fight against trafficking in persons".

  • 2010-09-01 11:43:40.0
    United Nations launches global plan of action against human trafficking

    Photo: UNODCThe United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons was adopted by the General Assembly on 30 July to urge Governments worldwide to take coordinated and consistent measures to try to defeat the scourge. The Plan calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the United Nations' broader programmes to boost development and strengthen security around the world.

  • 2010-08-13 16:38:31.0
    UNODC boosts Cambodian border control capacity

    Photo: UNODCThe growing volume of trade between Cambodia and its neighbouring countries means that Cambodian border officers, often operating with poor facilities, insufficient specialized knowledge and limited budget, are requested to carry out timely and effective controls on increasing human and vehicle traffic.

  • 2010-08-06 14:33:01.0
    Human trafficking takes centre stage at the General Assembly

    Photo: Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department.On 30 July the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Global Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons. By adopting the Plan, Governments resolve to take concrete action to prevent trafficking in persons, protect and assist victims, prosecute related crimes and strengthen partnerships among Governments, civil society organizations and the private sector, including the media.

  • 2010-07-13 13:04:00.0
    EGM Vienna International Framework for Action to Implement the Migrant Smuggling Protocol

    12 to13 July 2010From 12 July to 13 July 2010, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) headquarters hosted an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) to review draft material to include into the forthcoming International Framework for Action to Implement the Migrant Smuggling Protocol. This initiative follows on from UNODC's work in 2009 to develop the International Framework for Action to Implement the Trafficking in Person Protocol, a technical assistance tool that supports United Nations Member States in the effective implementation of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (United Nations Trafficking Protocol), supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).

  • 2010-07-12 12:34:36.0
    Secretary-General appoints Yury Fedotov of Russian Federation Executive Director of UNODC

    Photo: UNODCSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Yury Fedotov (Russian Federation) as the new Executive Director of UNODC. He will succeed Antonio Maria Costa in that position and as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV). The Secretary-General is grateful to Mr. Costa for the services he has rendered to the Organization and for his commitment in leading UNODC since 2002.

  • 2010-06-30 13:06:00.0
    EGM Vienna Organ Trafficking

    United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) hosted an expert group meeting (EGM) to address trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal. The key purpose of the meeting was to develop materials to assess this form of trafficking.

  • 2010-06-29 14:38:00.0
    Trata de personas hacia Europa con fines de explotación sexual
  • 2010-06-29 14:37:00.0
    Trafficking in Persons to Europe for Sexual Exploitation
  • 2010-06-29 11:05:56.0
    Spain joins campaign against human trafficking

    Photo:UNODCSpain is the first European country to join the Blue Heart Campaign, just as a new UNODC report shows that trafficking in persons is one of the most lucrative illicit businesses in Europe. According to the report, criminal groups are making around €2.5 billion per year through sexual exploitation and forced labour.

  • 2010-06-28 13:13:00.0
    UNODC announces the launch of the Needs Assessment Toolkit on the Criminal Justice Response to Human Trafficking

    UNODC, in the framework of the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) has developed the Needs Assessment Toolkit on the Criminal Justice Response to Human Trafficking.

    The main objective of the toolkit is to guide the assessors in gathering and analyzing information pertaining to a country's criminal justice response to human trafficking. More specifically, it aims to assist governments, the civil society, the international community and other relevant actors to conduct a comprehensive or specific assessment of selected aspects of a country's criminal justice response to trafficking in persons.

    Read more here.

  • 2010-06-10 13:08:00.0
    Global Review and Annoted Bibiliography

    Migrant smuggling has been an issue of increasing concern. The negative consequences of this type of transnational crime include the erosion of state sovereignty and the loss of control over who enters and leaves the territory, the potential security implications of clandestine entries and document smuggling, the large profits that accrue to human smugglers and organized criminal groups, the increasingly brutal treatment of migrants by careless smugglers leading to a growing number of deaths by drowning, dehydration, freezing or suffocation, and the high smuggling fees that migrants have to pay for the illegal transfer to destination countries, often leading to high debts for smuggled migrants and making them vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking.

    Despite the fact that migrant smuggling has attracted great media and political attention over the last two decades, there has not been any comprehensive analysis of the state of expert knowledge. Great confusion still prevails about what is migrant smuggling within the global context of irregular migration.

  • 2010-06-08 17:26:27.0
    Bangladesh: school children learn and talk about human trafficking

    Photo:UNODC: Anima and her school friendsSix days a week, 10-year-old Anima treks the one kilometre to the only primary school in her village, in the border area of Bangladesh. She walks barefoot with a torn satchel slung over her shoulders. Her father breaks stones in a nearby quarry while her mother works in the paddies. These days, her 5-year-old sister accompanies her as well. Braving the scorching heat, stone-filled roads and dust, they reach their school.

  • 2010-06-01 13:24:00.0
    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.