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ILO, Walk Free and IOM release the new Global Estimates on Modern Slavery

New research developed jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with IOM, has revealed the true scale of modern slavery around the world. The data, released during the United Nations General Assembly, shows that more than 40 million people around the world were victims of modern slavery in 2016.

Up to Three Quarters of Children and Youth Face Abuse, Exploitation and Trafficking on Mediterranean Migration Routes

Migrant and refugee children and youth trying to reach Europe face appalling levels of human rights abuses, with 77 per cent of those traveling along the Central Mediterranean route reporting direct experiences of abuse, exploitation, and practices which may amount to human trafficking – IOM, the UN Migration Agency and UNICEF said today (12/09) in a new report.

Report Launch Event, 13th September - IOM's Fatal Journeys Volume 3: Improving Data on Missing Migrants

Since 2014, IOM has recorded the deaths of more than 22,500 migrants worldwide. This event will share the key messages of Fatal Journeys Volume 3 – Part 1, the third volume of the global report on migrant fatalities published by IOM.  The editors of the report will speak about three sets of issues: (i) what we know (ii) gaps and how to improve data on missing migrants (iii) the role of the media.

UN Migration Agency, Polaris to Launch Global Data Repository on Human Trafficking

Counter-trafficking specialists announced the pre-launch of the Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC) at the 5th Global Compact for Migration (GCM) consultations in Vienna. The CTDC is the result of a joint initiative led by IOM, the UN Migration Agency and Polaris, an independent organization combating modern slavery. Its online portal will consist of a global repository of data on human trafficking that protects the identities of victims, and uses a new international standard.

Vienna Hosts Thematic Session on Migrant Smuggling and Trafficking in Persons towards a Global Compact for Migration

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing addressed high-level government and UN officials, practitioners, and civil society on 5th September 2017 at the UN Center in Vienna, calling on States to carry out their commitments to combat migrant smuggling and trafficking in persons. This provides an opportunity to debate and examine actions taken, as well as gaps in responses to the smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons.

It’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. What do we need to do now?

It is believed that millions are currently victims of trafficking in persons around the world. It is almost impossible to think about each one of those numbers as individual human beings and it can feel like an insurmountable problem. But it isn’t. And on this World Day Against Trafficking in Persons we must believe that not only can we make a dent but that we can make significant inroads into eliminating it.

UN Migration Agency Issues Report on Arrivals of Sexually Exploited Migrants, Chiefly from Nigeria

Over the past three years, IOM Italy has seen an almost 600 % increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving in Italy by sea. This is one of the key findings of a new report published by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, Human Trafficking through the Central Mediterranean Route, which was released in Italian by IOM’s Coordination Office for the Mediterranean in Rome.