(UNODC) - UNODC's Human Trafficking Case Law Database - a key tool to combat this global crime - has reached an important milestone two and a half years since its launch: it 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.
Human trafficking occurs all over the world with millions of victims being exploited by criminals. Yet, conviction rates of human trafficking remain low. The 2012 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons showed that, between 2007 and 2010, of the 132 countries covered, 16 per cent did not record a single conviction and 23 per cent recorded between 1 and 10 convictions for trafficking offences. By making available information on successful prosecutions and convictions from countries all over the world, UNODC aims to increase the capacity of States to investigate, prosecute and punish this shameful crime.
The Human Trafficking Case Law Database is a publicly available global case repository which includes summaries and full court documents of trafficking cases. It serves as an essential resource for criminal justice practitioners and anti-trafficking professionals to consult the different approaches taken in countries to fight human trafficking, and to improve understanding of its trends and patterns.
When launched in October 2011, the database provided information on 250 cases from 28 jurisdictions. As a result of continued cooperation with a broad range of actors, including non-governmental organizations, universities, and commercial law firms, the Human Trafficking Case Law Database has since grown into a truly global collection of cases, and can now better than ever serve its purpose of helping practitioners in their daily work.
The Human Trafficking Case Law Database still continues to expand, with 50-80 new cases from 10 jurisdictions to be uploaded online in the coming months. The tool is currently available in English, and partially available in Spanish and French. Visit the UNODC Human Trafficking Case Law Database here. For those who wish to contribute new cases, please contact htmss [at] unodc.org.
HOST AN EVENT ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Helping victims of human trafficking is as simple as talking to a friend. Host an event and invite the community to discuss the exploitation of human beings. At this campaign, we are eager to spread the word and we'd like to talk at any community event about human trafficking and victim identification.
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-Trafficking in Persons Report 2016 -- Complete Report (PDF)
-Introductory Material (PDF)
-Country Narratives: A-C (PDF)
-Country Narratives: D-I (PDF)
-Country Narratives: J-M (PDF)
-Country Narratives: N-S (PDF)
-Country Narratives: T-Z and Special Case (PDF)
-Relevant International Conventions/Closing Material (PDF)
These are some of the things you can do to help fight human trafficking:
Be informed! Educate yourself about human trafficking by reading about it. Follow events in the news. Keep your eyes open - human trafficking is happening all around us.
Raise awareness! Talk to friends, family and colleagues. You could even start talking to your local politicians and authorities.
Get involved! Participate in an anti-trafficking movement in your area and get involved in its activities and campaigns (e.g. hold events, distribute posters, leaflets etc.) in your neighborhood and in schools.
Encourage businesses! Be a responsible consumer! Inform yourself on the labour policies of companies to ensure their products are free from slave labour and other forms of exploitation. If possible, buy fair trade products.
Seek support! If you suspect that someone has been trafficked report it to the institutions or assistance facilities dealing with human trafficking in your area.
"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery."
– President Barack OBAMA