United Nations Resources on Human Trafficking

The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UNGIFT) was conceived to promote the global fight on human trafficking, on the basis of international agreements reached at the U.N.

The 2012 UN Global Report on Trafficking in Persons (Rapport mondial sur la traite de personnes 2012), by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, offers a global assessment of the scope of human trafficking and what is being done to fight it. It includes an overview of trafficking patterns and flows, legal steps taken in response, as well as country-specific information on reported cases of trafficking in persons, victims, and prosecutions.

The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime’s Toolkit to Combat Trafficking in Persons (Référentiel d’aide à la lutte contre la traite des personnes) offers guidance, recommended resources and promising practices to policymakers, law enforcers, judges, prosecutors, victim services providers and members of civil society who are working in interrelated fields towards preventing trafficking, protecting and assisting victims and promoting international cooperation.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s Anti-Human Trafficking Manual for Criminal Justice Practitioners supports criminal justice practitioners in “the prevention of human trafficking, the protection of its victims, the prosecution of its culprits and in the international cooperation needed to achieve these goals.”

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s Leaflet about Human Trafficking Indicators is a two-page document outlining the general indicators of human trafficking as well as indicators of child trafficking, domestic servitude, sexual exploitation, labour exploitation, begging and petty crime.

The UN’s Protocol Against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air (Convention des Nations Unies contre la criminalité transnationale organisée et protocoles s'y rapportant) operates to prevent and combat the smuggling of migrants as well promote cooperation while protecting the rights of smuggled migrants.

Trafficking in Persons: A Gender and Rights Perspective briefing kit, put together by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), is “an invitation to all practitioners addressing the issue [of human trafficking] to revisit and rethink their efforts from a gender and rights perspective.”

IOM’s Repatriation Assistance and the UNHCR’s Voluntary Repatriation provide information on how to plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate repatriation and reintegration activities.

For an introduction to the key elements and forms of human trafficking, please take a moment to view Affected for Life, a video produced by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and available in both a short 14 minute version and a longer 24 minute version. Given the length of the videos, we recommend you download the version you want before viewing it. This will ensure a high level of video quality.


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