The UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons: An Aspirational Tool with Great Potential

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The Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), is an assessment of the patterns and flows of trafficking in persons, based on country-level data from about 130 countries across the world. This chapter will examine the Global Report’s methodology and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of analyzing trafficking crime by using likely cases of human trafficking and victims as the units of analysis. It will also look at the results presented in the past editions of the report, as well as how the quality and quantity of the data available has changed over time. The question of the global magnitude of the trafficking crime and possible ways of estimating the number of trafficking victims will also be examined.


International law Transnational human trafficking UNODC Global report on human trafficking Measuring human trafficking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceTexas Christian UniversityFort WorthUSA
  2. 2.Dedman School of LawSouthern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA

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