“We must and can work together to ensure safety and dignity for all”

-William L. Swing, Former IOM Director General

Economic desperation, and dangerous journeys through irregular channels increase migrants’ vulnerability to human trafficking. The risks are even more serious for migrating women and children. 

Many are trafficked for the purposes of sexual or labor exploitation.  

Between 2002 and 2021, more than 150,000 people have been identified as victims of trafficking across 189 countries according to IOM’s Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC).

More than half of child trafficking victims are trafficked within their own country (IOM and Harvard University, 2023).

Close to half of the child victims of trafficking were being trafficked for forced labour (mainly boys). Sexual exploitation is also prominent, affecting 20% of trafficked children, predominantly girls.

Our approach

IOM provides protection and assistance to victims of trafficking to protect their freedom and give them a chance at a new life. 

IOM’s assistance can include safe accommodation, medical and psychosocial support, and assisted voluntary return and reintegration. 

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