Welcome to the UNODC's Case Law Database on Human Trafficking. Through this database, UNODC hopes to raise awareness and assist countries in the ratification and implementation of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, supplementing the United Nations against Transnational Organized Crime. The public website provides access to continuously updated and expanding resources and aims to favour the exchange of information and to support law enforcement, government officials, and practitioners who are working on behalf of human trafficking victims.

Human trafficking involves the act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harbouring or receiving a person by improper means such as the use of force, coercion or deception with the aim of exploiting them.

Virtually every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. Even though the number of convictions for human trafficking is increasing, two out of every five countries covered by the UNODC Report had still not recorded a single conviction in 2009. Human trafficking is a crime of such magnitude and atrocity that it cannot be dealt with successfully by any government alone. This global problem requires a global, multi-stakeholder strategy that builds on national efforts throughout the world.

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