Factsheet on Human Trafficking
Answers to questions on human trafficking, including: the question of consent of the victims, relation to organized crime, and UN conventions and protocols.
UN Office on Drug and Crime
Human Trafficking - Questions Answered
Trafficking is a modern-day slave trade. Traffickers use violence, coercion and deception to take people away from their homes and families, and force them to work against their will. This factsheet provides background and explanation of the issue of human trafficking.
Stop Human Traffic (campaign of Anti-Slavery International)
Human Trafficking Facts
Brief factsheet on human trafficking, with a focus on women and children trafficked into the United States.
CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking)
Human trafficking Q & A
Trafficking is the fastest growing means by which people are forced into slavery. It affects every continent and most countries. In order to clarify how this trade is slavery and a violation of human rights, Anti-Slavery International has produced this Question and Answer sheet.
Sex Trafficking: Facts & Figures
Factsheet on human trafficking, including general statistics; relation to women in armed conflict; who are the traffickers; trafficking and corruption; and child victims of trafficking.
The Protection Project
Slavery: Factsheet on Contemporary Forms of Slavery
Slavery was the first human rights issue to arouse wide international concern. Yet, in the face of universal condemnation, slavery-like practices - including human trafficking - remain a grave and persistent problem worldwide.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Trafficking in Persons Report 2003 - Factsheet
Women, children, and men are trafficked into the international sex trade and into forced labor situations throughout the world. This is a brief fact sheet on human trafficking.
U.S. Department of State
Trafficking in Persons: the New Protocol
A brief introduction to the issue of human trafficking, and background to the new United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons.
UN Office on Drug and Crime
What is modern slavery?
Millions of men, women and children around the world are forced to lead lives as slaves. This brief overview provides an introduction and discusses some of the forms that slavery takes in the modern world.
World faces deluge of human trafficking (news article)
Rich nations face a rising tide of trafficking in human cargo -- mostly women and girls forced into prostitution -- and have been unable or unwilling to stop the criminal gangs behind this "modern-day slavery," experts say.
Reuters, August 31, 2000
Key Websites & Resources
Founded in 1839, Anti-Slavery International is the world's oldest international human rights organisation and one of the leading groups working exlusively against slavery and related abuses. It works at the local, national and international levels to eliminate the system of slavery around the world, including bonded labor, child labor, and human trafficking.
Anti-Slavery International - Trafficking
Resources and reports on human trafficking from Anti-Slavery International, including a FAQ and regional reports.
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)
Promotes women's human rights, and works internationally to combat sexual exploitation in all its forms, especially prostitution and trafficking in women and children, in particularly girls.
Free the Slaves
Free the Slaves works to end slavery worldwide, and is the U.S.-based sister organization of Anti-Slavery International in London, the world's oldest human rights group.
Human Rights Watch - Campaign Against the Trafficking Of Women and Girls
Trafficking in persons — the illegal and highly profitable recruitment, transport, or sale of human beings for the purpose of exploiting their labor — is a slavery-like practice that must be eliminated. HRW's campaign website includes in-depth reports on human trafficking around the world.
Research and activism center to combat modern-day slavery, including sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and commercial sexual exploitation. Learn more and help combat the third largest criminal industry in the world. A service of the Polaris Project.
Stop Human Traffic Campaign
Global campaign against human trafficking by Anti-Slavery International. The campaign website provides a petition, letters to send to officials, other actions, and case studies and background to human trafficking.
Trafficking in Human Beings: The Slavery that Surrounds Us
At the end of the last century, the world witnessed the growth of a modern form of slavery -- trafficking in human beings. Nongovernmental organizations have been instrumental in raising global concern about human trafficking. This author reports that significant action is still necessary to protect the human rights of the victims.
Ann Jordan, International Human Rights Law Group (IHRLG)
Trafficking in Persons Report 2003
Issued by the U.S. State Department, this report is the most comprehensive report on the efforts of governments worldwide to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons or “modern-day slavery.”
U.S. Department of State
U.N. Anti-Slavery Day Highlights Plight of World's Enslaved Millions
On 2 December, the world marks United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. But slavery continues, despite being against the law. Millions of women, children and men around the world are living in slavery today. Human trafficking is the fastest growing form of slavery. (UN news article)
U.N. Observer, Dec. 2, 2003
U.S. Department of State - Global Issues: Human Trafficking
Informational site on human trafficking, including links to related U.S. government news, reports, and resources.