Criminal profiling applied to trafficking in persons as a strategy to combat this crime: UNODC seminar seeks to strengthen the capacity of justice operators in Ecuador

This training will strengthen the knowledge of 80 investigative agents of the Police, Migration, and the Attorney General's Office.


Quito, (Ecuador) January 10, 2022 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), through the Track4Tip Initiative, is implementing this week a specialized seminar on profiling and investigation of trafficking in persons in migratory contexts, focusing in particular on the National Investigation Unit against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants of the National Police of Ecuador. 

The objective of Track4Tip, implemented in coordination with the Ministry of Government of Ecuador, is to strengthen the capacities of officials in the identification, reporting, and effective investigation of trafficking in person cases in migratory contexts through technical assistance to the security and justice sectors.

The country is no exception to global trends in the crime of trafficking in persons, which affects, to a greater extent, women, and girls: in Ecuador, they represent 8 out of every 10 victims. For this reason, the topics covered during this week will improve the capacity to identify possible perpetrators and victims of trafficking in persons, as well as criminal investigations, with a gender and human rights approach.

 "These tools are useful at points of entry and transit of migrants, as well as in host communities. When the crime occurs, specialized investigation methodologies will be made available to them through the forensic discipline," explained Gilberto Zuleta, Officer in Charge of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Peru and Ecuador and Regional Officer of the Global Program against Trafficking in Persons. 

"We can defeat together execrable crimes such as trafficking in persons. We cannot allow the normalization of the exploitation of one human being by another. This cannot continue to happen in Ecuador," emphasized Max Campos, Vice Minister of the Interior. Fausto Olivo, General of Police and Undersecretary of Migration, highlighted the importance of security strategies. Both authorities thanked the technical assistance and cooperation of UNODC in Ecuador, through the Track4Tip Initiative. 

This training will strengthen the knowledge of 80 investigative agents of the Police, Migration, and the Attorney General's Office in profiling and specialized investigation of trafficking in persons in migration contexts applied to Ecuador. In addition, this workshop will update tools on diagnosis and investigation planning, including the use of new information technologies, as well as analytical methodologies for the new dynamics of transnational organized crime. 
UNODC invited Deimer Meléndez, who worked for the National Police of Colombia for 22 years (1995 to 2017), with the rank of Intendant and the position of Police Investigator in the Directorate of Criminal Investigation and INTERPOL -DIJIN- and extensive experience in the investigation of trafficking in persons, to conduct this seminar


 TRACK4TIP is a three-year initiative (2019-2022), implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), with support from the U.S. Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons / JTIP.

The project benefits eight countries in South America and the Caribbean with national and regional actions in Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Curaçao and Aruba.

The overall objective of the project is to enhance the regional criminal justice response to trafficking in persons in the migratory flows of the beneficiary countries through a multidisciplinary and victim-centered approach, with actions at the regional and national levels to identify, prevent and prosecute cases.


This press release was made possible with the support of the U.S. Department of State under the terms of Agreement No. SSJTIP19CA0027. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of State.