Human Trafficking

UNODC and Trafficking in Persons: News, Events and Publications
  • 26/02/2008
    UNODC chief talks about trafficking challenge

    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty caught up with Executive Director Costa on the sidelines of the UN-organized Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking in mid-February to discuss international efforts to combat "modern-day slavery." He told correspondent Eugen Tomiuc about the birth of the Global Initiative To Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) and the obstacles to more effective policing.

  • 22/02/2008
    Fighting human trafficking in Central America

    Photo: Timo Nasseri22 February 2008 - In a recent event at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in San Salvador, El Salvador, UNODC launched a regional project aimed at strengthening national and regional capacities to fight trafficking in persons in Central America. The event marked the official beginning of an important initiative to support law enforcement, prosecutorial and judicial authorities of the region, which is gravely affected by this crime.

  • 22/02/2008
    Cultures of exploitation

    I was buoyed by the institutional impact, awareness building and policy pledges made in last week's Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking, all of which went beyond my expectations. Nevertheless, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and we will never end human trafficking until we change the way women are portrayed. I do not like to see women in burkas, nor do I appreciate seeing half-naked girls featured in provocative fashion ads, both of which may be a form of female exploitation.

  • 21/02/2008
    Closing remarks: Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking
  • 15/02/2008
    Costa: Vienna Forum "tipping point"

    UN.GIFT logo15 February 2008 - The Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking, which this week brought together 1,400 delegates from 116 countries to share knowledge and develop an international strategy to combat human trafficking, called for greater awareness, more resources and coordinated action in the fight against human trafficking.

  • 14/02/2008
    Ricky Martin: “React, it’s time”

    Photo: UNODC/M. Borovansky-Koenig14 February 2008 - Music star and activist Ricky Martin told participants at the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking on Wednesday that music had given him "an excuse to talk to people about this global nightmare."

  • 14/02/2008
    A Journey with Emma Thompson

    The picture is all over the newspapers. British actress Emma Thompson with no shoes on, sitting on the podium of the Austrian Parliament.

    For those of us who witnessed this performance, it deserved an Oscar. She ran about, cried, tore out her hair - waking up an audience of sleepy parliamentarians with a moving monologue from the perspective of a trafficking victim. It was a spectacle never seen before in such hallowed halls. The mock trial that followed kept the audience glued to their seats.

  • 13/02/2008
    Tracking a monster

    UNODC Executive Director Costa13 February 2008 - UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa gave the following opening statement at the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking:

  • 13/02/2008
    "This is not a journey that anyone should take"

    Part of the "Journey" art installation13 February 2008 - British actress Emma Thompson opened a harrowing new art installation yesterday that graphically depicts the terrifying ordeal of a woman sold into the sex trade. Kicking off the Vienna Forum on Human Trafficking, Thompson warned that human trafficking had increased "exponentially" over the past decade and that traffickers were "fantastically sophisticated". 

  • 13/02/2008
    Human trafficking: A crime that shames us all
  • 12/02/2008
    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

  • 12/02/2008
    What is UN.GIFT?

    Troels VesterTroels Vester from UNODC's Anti-Human Trafficking Unit speaks about UN.GIFT.

    Duration: 7:16


  • 12/02/2008
    Radio spots - Support the Fight Against Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT)

    UN.GIFT A series of audio public service announcements has been produced within the framework of UN.GIFT. Using real-life examples from around the globe, these radio spots show that by joining forces action can be taken against this crime. UNODC encourages broadcasters around the world to support UN.GIFT by airing these PSAs.

    PSA 1 - Victims can be freed from situations of exploitation (Duration: 0:30)

  • 12/02/2008
    First ever global forum on human trafficking to launch united campaign to fight the crime
  • 11/02/2008
    Let us not close our eyes

    UN-GIFT - Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking11 February 2008 - Each day, people are recruited, transported and abducted for purposes such as forced labour and sexual exploitation. The Film Forum on Human Trafficking - coinciding with the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking - will feature 18 films that show the many aspects of this crime.

  • 11/02/2008
    UN.GIFT poster

    The city gears up for the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking which will take place from February 13-15

  • 08/02/2008
    Emma Thompson: Elena's Story

    The JourneyThrough her work with victims of human trafficking, Emma Thompson felt inspired to take action. She said that Elena's story, 'somehow contained the seeds of a rebirth and also of a creative act that could be taken'. So, she joined forces with fellow artists to create "Journey".

    Duration: 3:40

  • 08/02/2008
    Emma Thompson’s Journey

    Emma Thompson. Photo: Nick Haddow8 February 2008 - Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson is joining forces with UNODC to raise awareness about human trafficking. The British actress will be participating in the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking that will take place from 13-15 February.

  • 06/02/2008
    Container Exhibit Highlights Plight of Trafficking Victims
  • 04/02/2008
    Anti-trafficking radio spot 1 featuring Goodwill Ambassador Julia Ormond

    Julia OrmondThe United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released a new series of anti-human trafficking radio spots, featuring the voice of British actress and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Julia Ormond. Ms Ormond, whose film credits include Legends of the Fall with Brad Pitt and Sabrina with Harrison Ford, became UNODC Goodwill Ambassador on Human Trafficking last December. The public service announcements are part of UNODC's efforts to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking, which - as shown in a new UNODC report - affects virtually every country in the world.

  • 04/02/2008
    Anti-trafficking radio spot 2 featuring Goodwill Ambassador Julia Ormond

    Julia OrmondThe United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released a new series of anti-human trafficking radio spots, featuring the voice of British actress and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Julia Ormond. Ms Ormond, whose film credits include Legends of the Fall with Brad Pitt and Sabrina with Harrison Ford, became UNODC Goodwill Ambassador on Human Trafficking last December. The public service announcements are part of UNODC's efforts to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking, which - as shown in a new UNODC report - affects virtually every country in the world.

  • 04/02/2008
    Anti-trafficking radio spot 3 featuring Goodwill Ambassador Julia Ormond

    Julia OrmondThe United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released a new series of anti-human trafficking radio spots, featuring the voice of British actress and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Julia Ormond. Ms Ormond, whose film credits include Legends of the Fall with Brad Pitt and Sabrina with Harrison Ford, became UNODC Goodwill Ambassador on Human Trafficking last December. The public service announcements are part of UNODC's efforts to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking, which - as shown in a new UNODC report - affects virtually every country in the world.

  • 04/02/2008
    Anti-trafficking radio spot 4 featuring Goodwill Ambassador Julia Ormond

    Julia OrmondThe United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released a new series of anti-human trafficking radio spots, featuring the voice of British actress and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Julia Ormond. Ms Ormond, whose film credits include Legends of the Fall with Brad Pitt and Sabrina with Harrison Ford, became UNODC Goodwill Ambassador on Human Trafficking last December. The public service announcements are part of UNODC's efforts to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking, which - as shown in a new UNODC report - affects virtually every country in the world.

  • 04/02/2008
    Anti-trafficking radio spot 5 featuring Goodwill Ambassador Julia Ormond

    Julia OrmondThe United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released a new series of anti-human trafficking radio spots, featuring the voice of British actress and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Julia Ormond. Ms Ormond, whose film credits include Legends of the Fall with Brad Pitt and Sabrina with Harrison Ford, became UNODC Goodwill Ambassador on Human Trafficking last December. The public service announcements are part of UNODC's efforts to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking, which - as shown in a new UNODC report - affects virtually every country in the world.

  • 04/02/2008
    Anti-trafficking radio spot 6 featuring Goodwill Ambassador Julia Ormond

    Julia OrmondThe United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released a new series of anti-human trafficking radio spots, featuring the voice of British actress and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Julia Ormond. Ms Ormond, whose film credits include Legends of the Fall with Brad Pitt and Sabrina with Harrison Ford, became UNODC Goodwill Ambassador on Human Trafficking last December. The public service announcements are part of UNODC's efforts to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking, which - as shown in a new UNODC report - affects virtually every country in the world.

  • 24/01/2008
    Wild Energy injected into the common fight against modern slavery

    As I am sure you are aware the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking is now only weeks away.

    I recently met with Ruslana Lyzhychko, the Ukrainian pop singer, dancer, producer, composer, social activist and former parliamentarian. Ruslana's active involvement in the anti-human trafficking cause led her to contact my office and generously offer her help.

  • 23/01/2008
    Ghana: young boys pulling in fishing nets

    Lake Volta, Ghana: children represent cheap labour

  • 21/01/2008
    The Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking

    The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) aims to mobilize state and non-state players to eradicate human trafficking by reducing both the vulnerability of potential victims and the demand for exploitation in all its forms; ensuring adequate protection and support to those who do fall victim, as well as efficient prosecution of the criminals involved. "The Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking" will be held under the framework of UN.GIFT. For more information, please visit www.ungift.org.

  • 14/01/2008
    Treaties
  • 10/01/2008
    Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols Thereto
  • 09/01/2008
    Session 7 of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of a Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
  • 09/01/2008
    Session 6 of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of a Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
  • 09/01/2008
    Human trafficking is closer than you think

    Banner from Brazil human trafficking campaign9 January - UNODC Regional Office for Brazil and South Cone has just launched a new public service announcement (PSA) on human trafficking to raise awareness about a problem that many people find is not part of their daily reality. Trafficking in persons has many facets other than the most notorious one in the country: international trafficking of women.

  • 07/01/2008
    UNODC and Bollywood unite against trafficking

    UN.GIFT7 January - Some of Bollywood's biggest stars have joined UNODC's efforts to curb human trafficking in India. Millions of moviegoers in India and world-wide have seen a two-minute video called One Life, No Price - aiming to sensitize viewers to this crime - which preceded the premiere of the new film, Welcome.

  • 04/01/2008
    Session 5 of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of a Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
  • 28/12/2007
    Session 4 of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of a Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
  • 28/12/2007
    Session 3 of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of a Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
  • 28/12/2007
    Session 2 of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of a Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
  • 19/12/2007
    Convention on Transnational Organized Crime
  • 11/12/2007
    Session 9 of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of a Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
  • 11/12/2007
    Session 8 of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of a Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
  • 11/12/2007
    Session 13 of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of a Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
  • 11/12/2007
    Session 11 of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of a Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
  • 30/11/2007
    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

  • 30/11/2007
    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

  • 30/11/2007
    Video spot - Better Future (2002)

    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.

    Duration: 0:30 and 0:60

  • 30/11/2007
    Video spot - Work Abroad (2001)

    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.

    Duration: 0:30 and 0:60

  • 27/11/2007
    Children and conflict

    Photo: Howard G. Buffett26 November - Across the world, many different actors are involved at the grass-root level in fighting child trafficking and the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict. Teamwork is vital for making this struggle more effective. UN.GIFT's regional event in Côte d'Ivoire at the end of November aims to combine these forces for more coherent and decisive action.

  • 27/11/2007
    Organized Crime
  • 25/11/2007
    UNODC expert discusses human trafficking in Afghanistan

    Children in Afghanistan Afghanistan is a place of origin, transit and destination for victims of human trafficking.  The country currently has no specific law to deal with this crime, but legal drafters are working on Afghanistan's first Anti-Trafficking Law. Riikka Puttonen, a legal expert with the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, discusses the trafficking situation in Afghanistan with Louise Potterton.

    Duration: 8:35