The Nansen Project

Human Trafficking use cases

Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery and Forced Labour

Human trafficking is a crime of exploitation that targets men, women, and children. It is defined by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as:

The Act of recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.

Source: UNODC, Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2018 | READ MORE..


• At any given time in 2016, an estimated 40.3 million people are in modern slavery, including 24.9 million in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriage.
• It means there are 5.4 victims of modern slavery for every 1,000 people in the world.
• 1 in 4 victims of modern slavery are children.
• Out of the 24.9 million people trapped in forced labour, 16 million people are exploited in the private sector such as domestic work, construction or agriculture; 4.8 million persons in forced sexual exploitation, and 4 million persons in forced labour imposed by state authorities.
• Women and girls are disproportionately affected by forced labour, accounting for 99% of victims in the commercial sex industry, and 58% in other sectors

Source: Global Estimates of Modern Slavery: Forced Labour and Forced Marriage , Geneva, September 2017. | READ MORE..

Nansen is seeking partnerships with organisations who work with communities on strategies to prevent this hideous crime. Often victims of these crime types have their identifying documentation removed, leaving victims feeling trapped without the means to prove who they are and where they come from.

Through partnerships, Nansen aims to have as many individuals as possible (adults and children) in at risk communities upload notarised copies of birth certificates, passports, and other critical documents. These will be preserved, protected and always available, giving victims an opportunity to leave these environments and get to a place of safety where they can access these records to prove who they are, where they are from and begin to tell their story.

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