Trafficking in Persons and Corruption

Breaking the Chain

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This publication explores the link between trafficking in persons and corruption. Although many countries have taken considerable steps to combat trafficking in persons, these have not comprehensively focused on the fundamental role that corruption plays in the trafficking process. This publication presents a set of Guiding Principles on Combatting Corruption Related to Trafficking in Persons. These Guiding Principles are a useful guide for any country that is in the process of establishing, modifying or complementing a framework to address trafficking in persons-related corruption. The report includes two cases studies from Thailand and the Philippines, where the practical application and the effectiveness of the Guiding Principles is examined.



Executive summary

Trafficking in persons (TIP) violates many of the most fundamental human rights and is present throughout all regions of the world. It is also one of the most lucrative forms of organised crime. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 20.9 million people are victims of forced labour globally and that the total illicit profits produced by trafficked forced labourers are about USD 150 billion per year.


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