13 October 2011

Focus on Human Trafficking

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has launched a new database that provides access to human trafficking case law. Its purpose and target audience are described as follows:

The database contains details on the nationalities of victims and perpetrators, trafficking routes, verdicts and other information related to prosecuted cases from around the world. As such, it provides not only statistics on the number of prosecutions and convictions, but also the real-life stories of trafficked persons as documented by the courts. The database is aimed at assisting judges, prosecutors, policymakers, media researchers and other interested parties by making available details of real cases with examples of how the respective national laws in place can be used to prosecute human trafficking.

Currently, the database contains more than 150 cases from over 30 countries and two regional courts. Users can conduct a full-text search of the contents, or browse by country or by keyword under the following categories: "acts," "means," "purpose of exploitation," "form of trafficking," "section in which exploitation takes place," and "international cooperation."

A few other new publications:

Tackling the Demand that Fosters Human Trafficking: Final Report (USAID, Aug. 2011) [text via La Strada]

Trafficking in Persons in Latin America and the Caribbean (U.S. Congressional Research Service, Sept. 2011) [text via Refworld]

Trends in Organized Crime, vol. 14, nos. 2-3 (Sept. 2011) [contents]
- Special issue on "Human Trafficking." The introductory chapter, "Expanding the Domain of Human Trafficking Research: Introduction to the Special Issue on Human Trafficking," is provided as an open access text.

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