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The United Nations and reports

Summary of the ILO 2012 Global Estimate of Forced Labour

Using a new and improved statistical methodology, the ILO estimates that 20.9 million people are victims of forced labour globally, trapped in jobs into which they were coerced or deceived and which they cannot leave. Read the report

The Palermo Protocol

The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime  (Palermo Protocol) came into force on December 25, 2003. Referred to as the “Palermo Protocol,” it is the main legal and normative framework to combat human trafficking.

As of September 2008, 119 states have ratified the Palermo Protocol. Many, like the United States, have passed their own human trafficking/modern-day slavery laws. Numerous regions and subregions have also passed their own instruments, such as the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings which entered into force in February 2008.

To learn more about the work of the United Nations, visit the United Nations Office of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children.



The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) was conceived to promote the global fight on human trafficking, on the basis of international agreements reached at the U.N.  UN.GIFT works with all stakeholders – governments, business, academia, civil society and the media — to support each other’s work, create new partnerships and develop effective tools to fight human trafficking.