To prevent human trafficking effectively, the Trafficking in Persons Protocol requires States to endeavor to undertake measures such as social and economic initiatives, research, and media campaigns targeting potential victims. This course discusses principles of prevention and policies to address them.
The root causes of trafficking range from gender-based discrimination and economic disempowerment to corruption, issues of citizenship, and safe mobility. Checklists are offered to assist in developing strategies to address these issues.
Raising awareness about trafficking is necessary to empower people to avoid falling prey to traffickers. Measures which can be taken to raise such awareness and checklists to facilitate the process are offered. A succinct guide to designing a communication strategy is presented.
In times of emergency, people are rendered more vulnerable to exploitation. Effective and efficient responses for dealing with displaced populations are covered.
The topic of sex tourism is addressed as one of the complexities of demand, and the importance of standardized data collection instruments in targeting prevention responses is highlighted.
Finally, the role of the media, peacekeepers, and other international law enforcement personnel in contributing to solutions are discussed.
This course is based upon material published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and is available as an open access article.
This course on the prevention of human trafficking is designed for social workers, professional counselors, psychologists, nurses, and substance abuse counselors, who do clinical work. This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of human trafficking prevention. The course material includes a review of a broad variety of topics related to the prevention of trafficking. It may also be useful for licensed clinicians who require clinical continuing education courses for license renewal.
Authors: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding human trafficking prevention. Specifically, a professional will:
- Describe the root causes of human trafficking
- Identify measures which can be taken to raise awareness of human trafficking
- Recognize sex tourism as one of the situations which creates demand for human trafficking
Citation: Prevention of Trafficking in Persons. Chapter Nine of the Toolkit to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Global Programme against Trafficking in Human Beings. 2008, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Sales No. E.08.V.14. New York, 2008.