22.03.2021

Human Trafficking

Traffickers take advantage of people’s poverty and lack of prospects to lure or trick them through false promises of work or prospective marriages. Once the victims arrive at the final destination they are forced, through threats, violence or debt bondage (for example, to cover travel expenses), into a state of dependency and  exploitation. 

Find out more in our collection of media reports.

Abetting human trafficking

After last year's "pastillas" corruption scandal that involved illegally bringing in Chinese nationals to work in Pogos, the Bureau of Immigration is once again in hot water, this time over the trafficking of Filipino women to such countries as Syria. Most of these women were promised jobs in the United Arab Emirates, according to a report in The Washington Post, only to end up being sold as "modern-day slaves" in war-torn Syria, where they were subjected to physical and sexual abuse by their employers.

Philippine Daily Inquirer (21.03.2021) 

Romania's sex trafficking trade: 'There is no other life they know'

TV report + article on trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual expolitation. The report portrays Romanian women who have been exploited in Romania and the UK.

Report by Lucy Watson (18.11.2020) 

India sees increase in child trafficking amid pandemic

One evening in August, a 14-year-old boy snuck out of his home and boarded a private bus to travel from his village in Bihar to Jaipur, a chaotic, crowded and historical city 800 miles away in India's Rajasthan state.

Article: CNN Jessie Yeung (26.10.20)

European Anti-trafficking Day:

Ahead of the 14th European Anti-Trafficking Day (18 October), the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) calls for full respect for the rights of victims of trafficking in human beings during the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Articel: Counseil of Europe (16.10.20)

Report reveals linkages between human trafficking and forced marriage

Across the world, girls as young as 12 are being forced or tricked into marrying men who exploit them for sex and domestic work, in what the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has called an “under-reported, global form of human trafficking”. 

UN News (07.10.2020)

Fight against trafficking needs radical shift to genuinely human rights-based approch: UN expert

Profound changes are needed to fight human trafficking around the world, and to combat it effectively States must use a human rights-based approach rather than viewing it as strictly a law enforcement issue, a UN human rights expert said today.

Article by UNHRC (02.07.2020)

FBI warns of human traffickers luring victims on dating apps

The warning highlights one of the potential risks associated with revealing too much privat information online.

Article by Amer Owaida (17.03.2020)

TIP report

The 20th “Trafficking in persons report” by the US Department of State has several recommendations for Switzerland, such as the need to focus on identifying labour trafficking.