Name of Resource
1. Preventing Trafficking in Persons by Addressing Demand
Report / analysis
Country / jurisdiction
Inter-agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT)
Initiative launch date
The paper is the second in a series of policy papers elaborated jointly by the member organizations of the Inter-agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons. Its purpose is to provide guidance to organizations and practitioners by mapping out the dimensions of this demand as it relates specifically to trafficking in persons for labour exploitation, as well as highlighting strategies that can be used to address this aspect of the problem. The paper proceeds to identify concrete steps that can be taken by different actors to effectively reduce the demand.
The paper concentrates specifically on demand that contributes to trafficking for labour exploitation in the context of the production of goods and/or services. The paper thus excludes trafficking for other purposes (including forced marriage, begging, forced criminality and organ removal), each of which has particular nuances. Furthermore, the paper does not address demand that contributes to trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
The paper does however make frequent reference to forced labour. While forced labour and trafficking for labour exploitation are not fully synonymous – not all forced labour involves trafficking and not all trafficking for labour exploitation amounts to forced labour – they both result from similar demand factors. Further, many relevant initiatives against exploitative labour practices are framed in terms of forced labour rather than trafficking in persons.