Traffickers use all sorts of methods to recruit victims for the purpose of exploitation.
Migrant smugglers take advantage of people who want to escape hardship and find a better life, facilitating their illegal entry into a country.
While there is a clear distinction between human trafficking and migrant smuggling, they can also be linked. Human trafficking occurs for specific purposes, such as sexual exploitation, labour exploitation, forced criminality, and organ removal, among other forms of exploitation.
Migrant smugglers take advantage of people who want to leave their home countries to escape poverty, conflict, and crises, or simply want to seek a better life. Even if irregular migrants generally enter into the journey voluntarily, they are often exposed to significant risks, including that of being trafficked, kidnapped or dying in transit to their destinations.
At INTERPOL, we offer a range of services including training, databases and operational support to to help law enforcement agencies around the world increase their capacity to detect and investigate these crimes, while protecting victims and vulnerable people.
Organized criminal groups take advantage of the most vulnerable people for profit, with a complete disregard for human safety and dignity.
Operational and investigative support to counter human trafficking and migrant smuggling.
Our global operations help dismantle the criminal networks behind human trafficking and migrant smuggling.
Cross-sector coordination is essential to ensure maximum results on the ground.
Cyber challenges in smuggling of migrants and human trafficking
Countering human trafficking and smuggling of migrants in the European Union