Human trafficking

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The crime of human trafficking is complex and dynamic, taking place in a wide variety of contexts and difficult to detect. One of the greatest challenges in developing targeted counter-trafficking responses and measuring their impact is the lack of reliable, high-quality data related to the scale of human trafficking and the profile of victims. 

The need for improved international response to human trafficking and commitment to its eradication is illustrated by its prominent inclusion in the targets of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM). Eradicating human trafficking is addressed specifically in SDG Targets 5.2, 8.7 and 16.2. The GCM’s 1st Objective calls for collecting and utilizing accurate and disaggregated data as a basis for evidence-based policies. Moreover, the GCM's 10th Objective calls for specific measures to prevent and combat trafficking in persons in the context of international migration. 


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