Several UN agencies research, collect and publish information on human trafficking issues. Below are the major UN agencies that focus on this issue. 

The OHCHR is the United Nation office with primary responsibility for promoting and protecting human rights. The Office's Special Rapportuer on Human Trafficking produces annual reports and other reports recommendations. 

Appointed by the OHCHR, the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in persons, especially women and children to focus on the human rights aspects of the victims of trafficking in persons. Includes annual reports to the Commission together with recommendations on measures required to uphold and protect the human rights of the victims.

The UNODC has a section devoted to human trafficking news and reports. 

UNODC has developed a database of human trafficking case law to provide immediate, public access to officially documented cases. The database contains details on the nationalities of victims and perpetrators, trafficking routes, verdicts and other information related to prosecuted cases from around the world. 

A UN agency devoted to ending human trafficking. Contains a number of free full-text reports, books and articles on the human trafficking.

The Trust Fund was established to provide humanitarian, legal and financial aid to victims of trafficking in persons. The Trust Fund supports efforts around the world that ensure that women, children and men who have been exploited by human traffickers are identified, treated humanely as victims of crime, and provided with the assistance, protection and support necessary for their physical, psychological and social recovery and reintegration into their communities. 

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. 

A UN Agency that brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers to jointly shape policies and programs relating to labour issues. Reports and data on human trafficking, which includes sex trafficking as a subset by country and geographic region. Use search terms like forced labour in the search box. 

IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.



International non-governmental organization that works exclusively against slavery and related abuses. 

A non-governmental organization that focuses on human rights. Searchable website for human rights information by topic or by country. Includes comprehensive annual reports. 

A non-governmental organization and a global network of civil society organizations exclusively dedicated to ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children. 

International non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights. 

A European NGO network against trafficking in human beings comprising eight member organizations in Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Macedonia (FYROM), Moldova, The Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine. 

An international non-profit organization that works to protect people and communities around the world from human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

The Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings website includes news stories and reports on human trafficking in East and West European countries. 

The Polaris Project is a leading advocacy group for ending human trafficking. The organization advocated for stronger laws against human trafficking organizations and provide services to victims of trafficking. 

Thomson Reuters Foundation's global pro bono legal program. It connects the best law firms and corporate legal teams around the world with high-impact NGOs and social enterprises working to create social change. They produce groundbreaking legal research, and offer innovative training courses worldwide. 

Verité combats forced labour and human trafficking through research, training, and resource development. The organization provides companies with tools to protect against abuse and to recognize and promote good labour practice.  



International court established by the European Convention on Human Rights. It hears applications alleging that a contracting state has breached one or more of the human rights provisions concerning civil and political rights set out in the Convention and its protocols. 

The principal judicial organ of the United Nations. The ICJ settles disputes between the States (not individuals). 

The first permanent, treaty based, international criminal court for perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. The ICC is an independent international organization, and is not part of the UN system. 

The United Nations court of law dealing with war crimes that took place during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990's. Includes precedent-setting decisions on genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. 



An ILO-sponsored platform created to help those interested in forced labour, human trafficking and slavery in Asia-Pacific connect, share resources, exchange ideas, and learn about preventing and addressing forced labour issues. AP-Forced Labour Net offers a bimonthly blog, online discussions, e-learning tools, a library of resources, regular news updates, and an interactive ‘Ask the Expert’ function.

A Collaborative Project between Harvard Law School and American University Washington College of Law that brings together a group of scholars, activists and practitioners from a range of professional backgrounds including law, anthropology and sociology who are committed to social justice involving labour, migration and human trafficking. 

Human trafficking incidents and news is linked from a world map. 

SlaveryMap exists to record and display instances of human trafficking across the world.