Human Trafficking

Violations of human rights are both a cause and a consequence of trafficking in persons. Accordingly, it is essential to place the protection of all human rights at the centre of any measures taken to prevent and end trafficking.

~UN Recommended Principles on Human Rights and Human Trafficking

Human trafficking, the process through which individuals are placed or maintained in an exploitative situation for economic gain, is a grave human rights abuse. Women, men and children are trafficked for a range of purposes, including forced and exploitative labor in factories, farms and private households, sexual exploitation, and forced marriage. Trafficking affects all regions and most countries of the world. Often referred to as modern-day slavery, human trafficking is the second largest – and fastest growing – criminal industry in the world.[1]


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[1] United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking; Polaris Project; and the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights and US State Department, Trafficking in Persons Report 2010, (2010), 341