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ALTHOUGH 90 percent of the world's countries now criminalise human trafficking, the number of adjudicated cases is extremely low, which sends a message to criminals that trafficking in persons is a low-risk high-gain crime, an official of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Monday. Source: Qatar Tribune Sept 9 2014
Actors participating in an IOM and Colombia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs new campaign named “Working together in a chain reaction against trafficking in persons” which is designed to challenge pedestrians at busy intersections in the cities of Bogotá, Cali and Pereira with the specter of a fellow Colombian in danger. © IOM 2014
A group of United Nations independent experts on slavery, migrants, trafficking, sale and sexual exploitation of children, and internally displaced persons today welcomed this week’s adoption of a legally binding international Protocol to tackle forced labour worldwide and end what they call ‘modern slavery.’
UNODC's Human Trafficking Case Law Database now includes detailed information on more than 1,000 trafficking cases from 83 countries. Such tools are crucial in order to increase the visibility of successful human trafficking prosecutions and convictions, helping law enforcement and justice practitioners from across the world working on human trafficking cases.
World Day of Social Justice: “Fighting human trafficking means fighting poverty, unemployment and inequality
On December 31, 2013, President Barack Obama proclaimed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. He called upon private businesses, civil society groups, faith leaders, families, and individuals to recognize the vital role they can each play in ending all forms of modern slavery.
UNODC Executive Director welcomes appointment of new Board of Trustees for UN Trust Fund for trafficking victims
Enhancing state assistance to victims of human trafficking in Ukraine discussed at OSCE-supported conference
OSCE Special Representative publishes human trafficking report on Portugal, praises immediate steps taken
Special Representative calls for victim protection at UK Parliament’s Modern Slavery Bill Evidence Review
OSCE Special Representative, in Uzbekistan, called for co-operative efforts to stop human trafficking
OSCE Special Representative urges prosecutors, judges to fully apply laws, protect human trafficking victims
OSCE Special Representative calls for business community to step up efforts to eliminate human trafficking
Prevention of domestic servitude in diplomatic households imperative, says OSCE Special Representative, in The Hague
International Seminar on "The Critical Role of the Judiciary in Combating Trafficking in Human Beings"
Rights of human trafficking victims discussed by OSCE Special Representative, legal experts, in Warsaw
Join us today for the UN.GIFT webinar: Best practices for reporting on human trafficking and the role of the media
Register now for the UN.GIFT webinar: Best practices for reporting on human trafficking and the role of the media
Join the UN.GIFT webinar: Best practices for reporting on human trafficking and the role of the media
Since the 2010 launch of its Blue Campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made a wide range of resources available to help increase awareness and educate the general public on the indicators of human trafficking. Take a few minutes out of your day to complete the training.
OSCE Special Representative calls for stronger criminal justice response to human trafficking, including through confiscation
USAID announced this week three new research grants awarded to theUniversity of Southern California, Vanderbilt University and Texas Christian University to study human trafficking and produce evidence that could help USAID and other international development organizations combat human trafficking more effectively.
In a report issued earlier this week, the OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, recommended that the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina take additional steps to fully implement its OSCE commitments in the fight against human trafficking.
With rising numbers of Mongolian labour migrants moving overseas, there has been an increase in human trafficking, particularly of young Mongolian women for the purpose of sexual exploitation. As a destination country, foreign victims are most commonly trafficked to Mongolia for forced labour, particularly in the construction and mining sectors.
Tackling drugs, human trafficking, crime must be part of post-2015 development agenda, says UN official
The OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, highlighted the innovative aspects of the Italian model of anti-trafficking action at the conclusion of her country visit to Italy, praising efforts to assist victims in partnership with civil society.
India: new assessment of victim assistance and criminal justice initiatives against human trafficking
UN and European anti-trafficking experts join forces to fight trafficking in persons in Europe and beyond
The United States Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons released last week its 2013 annual Trafficking in Persons Report. The report includes stories of trafficking victims, country portraits, estimates on numbers of victims, and evaluations of government efforts to combat human trafficking. It also outlines the major forms of human trafficking, including for sexual exploitation, forced or bonded labor, involuntary domestic servitude, among others.
Call for applications: International Seminar for Judges - The Critical Role of the Judiciary in Combating Trafficking in Human Beings
A year after UN.GIFT interviewed filmmaker Mimi Chakarova - and two years after the release of "The Price of Sex" - her film continues to be screened around the world. UN.GIFT caught up with Ms Chakarova to discuss where her film has taken her over the past twelve months and what impact her film continues to have on viewers, policymakers and the women featured in her movie.
Following a two-year CNN investigation, the two-hour documentary 'The Fighters' chronicles Philippine human rights pioneer Cecilia Flores-Oebanda in her journey to protect children from the sex trade and convince the Philippines' biggest star, Manny Pacquiao, to join her as a fighter in the battle against modern-day slavery.
Trafficking victims who commit crimes under coercion should not be punished, says OSCE Special Representative
Reporting on human trafficking manual published by OSCE, Moscow University, Russian Union of Journalists
The OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, said at a judicial training seminar in Krakow, Poland on 14 March 2013 that trafficked people's legal rights must be upheld and given the same importance as punishing perpetrators in court.
In 2011 Julia Immonen rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean - from the Canary Islands to Barbados. This year she will cycle from Sofia, Bulgaria into central London. Her objective in both of these gruelling challenges: to raise awareness about human trafficking, and funds for efforts to combat the $32 billion-dollar-a-year trade in human beings.
March 25: International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
The annual observance of 25 March as the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade serves as an opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system, and to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.
OSCE Special Representative calls for more co-operation to prevent human trafficking in Mediterranean
Interview with OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings
Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino visited the Vienna International Centre and agreed to continue in her role as the UNODC Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking. Ms. Sorvino, who has played a very active role in promoting the plight of human trafficking victims since her initial appointment in February 2009, also met with UNODC staff to discuss the latest trends and issues surrounding this multi-billion dollar crime.
US President Barack Obama declares January 2013 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Lao PDR "extremely vulnerable" to trafficking by transnational organized crime groups, says UNODC Executive Director
On the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women which was recently by the UN in New York, we present the brave testimonial of Memey, a 28-year-old Indonesian woman who was trafficked and forcibly recruited into commercial sex work and who is now committed to helping others.
"Today, governments, civil society and the private sector must unite to eradicate all contemporary forms of slavery. ... Together, let us do our utmost for the millions of victims throughout the world who are held in slavery and deprived of their human rights and dignity." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 2 December 2012
OSCE Special Representative, at Alliance conference in Vienna, says discrimination cause of trafficking
Digicel today announced its partnership with the United Nations’ Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT). The partnership will see the company piloting a project promoting awareness raising on human trafficking and providing direct victim support by establishing service hotlines. The pilot project – which will begin in Haiti and Papua New Guinea.
Three Austrian friends would do almost anything to help victims of human trafficking. This summer they are racing a tuk tuk (or auto riksha) across Sri Lanka to raise funds that will benefit local organizations working to end human trafficking. The "Sound of Tuk Tuk" team will dedicate this adventurous challenge to trafficking victims.
This is the story of Ana, a survivor of human trafficking, whose story of courage to overcome the most challenging obstacles serves as motivation to all who work in the field of combating human trafficking. Her story provides inspiration and also guidance to those helping in the fight to end human trafficking.
Over the next few days UN.GIFT will publish a series titled: "Stories of Courage" which highlights success stories of victims who escaped the grasp of their traffickers. These anecdotes are a source of inspiration, giving courage to individuals to look for ways to help victims of trafficking, showing hope for change.
The two-day 11th High-level Alliance against Trafficking in Persons conference opened yesterday. This event brings together more than 300 senior government officials, national anti-trafficking co-ordinators and rapporteurs, representatives from international and non-governmental organizations, law enforcement, etc.
Only 4 days remain until the OSCE's 11 th annual conference for the "Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons" will begin on June 20-21 in Vienna, Austria. The conference will include a variety of speakers and cover a wide range of topics. Also, this year for the first time, parts of the conference will be streamed live online.
Targeting an audience where tweets, blogs and posts are the communication medium, My Dangerous Loverboy campaign uses a multi-platform approach to raise awareness about the internal trafficking of teenage girls into the sex trade. The campaign intends to "create content that will engage and challenge teenagers wherever they are consuming media." My Dangerous Loverboy blossomed out of the creation of a short drama film sponsored by the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre. Input from young women and front line agencies dealing with human trafficking contributed to the story of the film.
VITA: life support messagesfor victims of human trafficking Law enforcement officials and victim service providers are often the first point of contact for victims of human trafficking who do not speak the language of the country they are in. In order to aid those helping the victims, UN.GIFT/UNODC, the Austrian Criminal Intelligence Service and the Austrian NGO LEFOE-IBF worked together to create VITA (Victim Translation Assistance).
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