Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2012

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The present Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2012 is one of the outcomes of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, adopted by the General Assembly in 2010. The General Assembly tasked the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with data collection and biennial reporting on patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at the global, regional and national levels, to be carried out in close collaboration with national authorities. This report presents a global overview of the patterns and flows of trafficking in persons and discusses the efforts countries have made to combat trafficking in persons and the progress that has been made since the Trafficking in Persons Protocol1 entered into force in 2003.



Global responses: Commitment to combating trafficking in persons

The commitment of Member States to combat trafficking in persons, especially women and children, was noted from the onset of the negotiation process of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its additional Protocols. The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children received the required 40 ratifications by 2003, enabling it to enter into force in record time. This reflected the broad consensus that countries must act in concert to address trafficking in persons. The sense of global commitment continued to manifest itself over the years through the steadily growing number of ratifications. At the time of writing, 152 United Nations Member States had ratified the Trafficking in Persons Protocol.


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