Human Rights – Trafficking
Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2018
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
2018 :: 90 pages
Data and research to help tackle trafficking in persons
The 2018 edition of the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons is based on information collected from 142 countries, encompassing more than 94 per cent of the world’s population. This represents an improvement compared to the data coverage of the first UNODC Global Report of 2012 (132 countries) and subsequent editions.
Although there have been tangible improvements in the availability of data and information on trafficking in persons, relevant gaps in knowledge affect large parts of the world. The different editions of the Global Report, including this one, are weaker in their coverage of certain parts of Africa, the Middle East, and some parts of Asia. Twenty-two countries in Africa and the Middle East are among
the 51 United Nations Member States for which data is still missing from the current edition of the Global Report. The others are countries in Asia and island States in the Pacific and the Caribbean.
In addition, for some reporting countries in the regions mentioned above, data on the victims recorded are not systematically collected and only available for some years or for some parts of the country. In some cases, details regarding the profiles of victims or offenders are missing.
This edition of the Global Report reveals that large parts of Africa and Asia are weak in detecting victims and convicting traffickers. It is not a coincidence that these are also the parts of the world where less is known about trafficking patterns and flows. Knowledge is fundamental to tailor decisive responses, and stronger national responses help to generate more knowledge about the crime…