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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. 

 

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Foreword and acknowledgements

Over 20 million people are estimated to be victims of forced labour globally, which includes victims of trafficking for forced labour and sexual exploitation. While considerable steps have been taken by governments across the world to combat this multibillion- dollar business that is destroying lives and violating fundamental human rights, the impact on the ground remains limited. At the same time, the proceeds of traffickers continue to rise. In light of the current refugee crisis, combatting trafficking in persons and ensuring that more people do not become victims is more relevant than ever. Adults and unaccompanied minors alike who have been forced to flee their home countries in search of safety, political stability and humane living conditions are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. They arrive in a new and unfamiliar country without possessions, and in need of physical and economic security.

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