Types of human trafficking

There are many forms of trafficking, but one consistent aspect is the abuse of the inherent vulnerability of the victims.

Trafficking for forced labour

Victims of this widespread form of trafficking come primarily from developing countries. They are recruited and trafficked using deception and coercion and find themselves held in conditions of slavery in a variety of jobs. Men, women and children are engaged in agricultural, fisheries and construction work, along with domestic servitude and other labour-intensive jobs.

Read about our operations targeting forced child labour in Africa.

Trafficking in women for sexual exploitation

This prevalent form of trafficking affects every region in the world, either as a source, transit or destination country. Women and children from developing countries, and from vulnerable parts of society in developed countries, are lured by promises of decent employment into leaving their homes and travelling to what they consider will be a better life. Victims are often provided with false travel documents and an organized network is used to transport them to the destination country, where they find themselves forced into sexual slavery and held in inhumane conditions and constant fear.

Commercial sexual exploitation of children in tourism

This crime type has been apparent in Asia for many years and has now taken hold in Africa as well as Central and South America. The phenomenon is promoted by the growth of inexpensive air travel and the relatively low risk of prohibition and prosecution in these destinations for engaging in sexual relations with minors.

Trafficking for tissue, cells and organs

Trafficking in humans for the purpose of using their organs, in particular kidneys, is a rapidly growing field of criminal activity. In many countries, waiting lists for transplants are very long, and criminals have seized this opportunity to exploit the desperation of patients and potential donors. The health of victims, even their lives, is at risk as operations may be carried out in clandestine conditions with no medical follow-up. An ageing population and increased incidence of diabetes in many developed countries is likely to increase the requirement for organ transplants and make this crime even more lucrative.

People smuggling

Closely connected to trafficking in human beings is the issue of people smuggling. This has taken on new proportions in recent months, especially in the Mediterranean region, and it is clear that organized criminal networks are taking advantage of the humanitarian crisis for financial gain.

21 octobre 2016

Human trafficking focus of INTERPOL conference

28 septembre 2016

Identifying cybercriminals at core of INTERPOL-Europol conference

19 septembre 2016

Une conférence pour élaborer la réponse mondiale à apporter aux atteintes à la propriété intellectuelle

28 juillet 2016

More than 2,700 human trafficking victims rescued in INTERPOL-coordinated operation

12 juillet 2016

1 500 policiers engagés dans une opération ciblant les réseaux criminels en Afrique orientale et australe

05 juillet 2016

Regional and global security focus of INTERPOL Chief mission to El Salvador

18 mai 2016

Les migrations et la protection des frontières au centre des débats de la conférence européenne d’INTERPOL

17 mai 2016

Le trafic de migrants est une « entreprise multinationale », indique un rapport conjoint

25 mars 2016

Namibian President discusses global security issues with INTERPOL Secretary General

18 mars 2016

Border security focus of INTERPOL training under EU-ASEAN programme

23 février 2016

INTERPOL and Europol take steps against organized crime behind migrant smuggling

15 février 2016

Arrestation de malfaiteurs et saisie de stupéfiants, d’armes à feu et d’or lors d’une opération frontalière d’INTERPOL en Afrique de l’Ouest

18 décembre 2015

INTERPOL backs International Migrants Day

17 décembre 2015

Strengthening border security in ASEAN countries through specialist skills

03 décembre 2015

La sécurité internationale au centre d’une visite du Secrétaire Général d’INTERPOL en Tunisie

27 novembre 2015

Austrian Interior Minister and INTERPOL Chief meet on international security cooperation

12 novembre 2015

La sécurité mondiale doit s’adapter aux menaces actuelles – a déclaré le chef d’INTERPOL lors d’un sommet sur les migrations

03 novembre 2015

Le Ministre de la Justice des États-Unis souligne la nécessité de l’état de droit dans un discours prononcé devant l’Assemblée générale d’INTERPOL

20 octobre 2015

Border security across Southeast Asia focus of new EU-ASEAN programme led by INTERPOL

16 octobre 2015

Forum INTERPOL/EUROPOL : des mesures pour lutter contre le trafic de migrants

15 octobre 2015

Forum INTERPOL/EUROPOL contre les réseaux de trafic de migrants

02 octobre 2015

Identifying fake documents focus of INTERPOL and Frontex workshop

08 juillet 2015

Le terrorisme et la cybercriminalité au cœur de la visite du Vice-premier ministre belge à INTERPOL

22 juin 2015

Des trafiquants arrêtés dans le cadre d’une opération menée en Côte d’Ivoire contre le trafic et le travail forcé des enfants

19 mai 2015

La réunion d’INTERPOL à Bucarest vise à fixer le cap de la sécurité européenne