For criminals, victims of trafficking are merely a commodity that can be used – and even sold - for financial gain. There is a total disregard for human dignity and rights.
Victims are targeted on their vulnerabilities and trafficked between countries and regions using deception or coercion.
Once they arrive at their destination, they are stripped of their autonomy, freedom of movement and choice, and are forced to work in precarious conditions. They often face various forms of physical and mental abuse.
Human trafficking is linked to a number of crimes, including illicit money flows, the use of fraudulent travel documents, and cybercrime.
There are many forms of trafficking, but one consistent aspect is the abuse of the inherent vulnerability of the victims.
We train and equip police to identify and investigate cases of human trafficking.
At INTERPOL, we support national police in tactical deployments in the field, aimed at dismantling the criminal networks behind trafficking in human beings and people smuggling.