07 January 2019

Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking & Smuggling


Today, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched the 2018 edition of the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. It is the fourth such report. Here is part of the description:

"It covers 142 countries and provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels, based primarily on trafficking cases detected between 2014 and 2016. As UNODC has been systematically collecting data on trafficking in persons for more than a decade, trend information is presented for a broad range of indicators.
  Moreover, in December 2016 the Security Council requested the Secretary-General to take steps to improve the collection of data, monitoring and analysis of trafficking in persons in the context of armed conflict. In response, UNODC has prepared a booklet to provide special insight on this issue, published as booklet 2 of the Global Report. The analysis is based on an extensive desk review of available literature, court cases from the international criminal courts and tribunals and expert interviews with United Nations peacekeeping personnel. The result is an overview of trafficking in persons and its direct and indirect links to armed conflict."

Visit the report page to access the complete texts of both the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons and Trafficking in Persons in the Context of Armed Conflict; a research brief; regional profiles, annexes and data; and previous volumes. More information is provided in the press release.


Anti-Trafficking Review, no. 11 (2018) [open access]
- Special issue on "Irregular Migrants, Refugees or Trafficked Persons?"

Countering Trafficking in Persons in Conflict Situations (UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Sept. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Estimating Trafficking of Myanmar Women for Forced Marriage and Childbearing in China (Johns Hopkins University & Kachin Women's Association Thailand, Dec. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Human Trafficking-Smuggling Nexus in Libya (Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, July 2018) [text]

The Normative Foundations of the Criminalisation of Human Smuggling: Exploring the Fault Lines between European and International Law, Legal Studies Research Paper, no. 294/2018 (Queen Mary Univ. of London, Dec. 2018) [text via SSRN]

Official Development Assistance and SDG Target 8.7: Measuring Aid to Address Forced Labour, Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour (UNU Centre for Policy Research, Sept. 2018) [text]
- See also related press release and Thomson Reuters Foundation News article.


The Business of Modern Slavery: Forced Migration and Forced Labour in a Failed State, Oxford, 31 Oct. 2018 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.


Counter Trafficking Data Collaborative (IOM) [info]
- "CTDC is the world’s first global data portal on human trafficking, with primary data contributed by organizations around the world, bringing together knowledge and diffusing data standards across the counter-trafficking movement. For the first time, CTDC facilitates unparalleled access to the largest dataset of its kind in the world, providing a deeper understanding of human trafficking both through the visualisations on the site and through the publicly available downloadable data file."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking & Smuggling (15 Oct. 2018)

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