Update: 21.05.2019

Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime

Four international agreements to prevent, suppress and punish human trafficking, especially women and children, were already agreed on in the early 1900s. The International Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Girls (18 May 1904), the International Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Girls (4 May 1910), the International Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Women and Children (30 September 1921) and the International Convention for the Suppression of Trade in Adult Women (11 October 1933).

After the Second World War, the Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (2 December 1949) was drafted. This Convention did not prove to be successful and was only ratified by 82 parties. It remains disputed in particular because it also includes voluntary prostitution.

UN additional protocol on Human Trafficking

Within the framework of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, a new attempt was made to fight human trafficking for prostitution and slavery purposes. It was noteworthy because, for the first time, the contracting states were asked explicitly to provide comprehensive measures to protect victims.

United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime

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The UN Convention against Transitional Organised Crime (15 November 2000) entered into force on 25 December 2003 and has been ratified by 190 parties (as of 21 May 2019; current count).

Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime

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The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime of 15 November 2000 has entered into force on 25 December 2003. Since then, 173 countries have ratified the additional protocol (as of 21 May 2019; current count).

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