Information and Communications Technology

Human trafficking in the ICT sector may exist in the extractive stages (mining for raw material), in the component manufacturing stage (where separate pieces are produced or combined), and in the production stage (where a good is assembled and packaged in a factory). Though practices that lead to human trafficking might occur even earlier, in the recruitment process. Recruitment fees paid to a labor broker may cause indebtness to the worker, which may then lead to forced labor (debt bondage).

Exploited in plain sight: An assessment of commercial sexual exploitation of children and child protection responses in the Western Balkans
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18 May 2021

This report assesses children’s vulnerability to CSEC across the WB6 and focuses specifically on online sexual exploitation of children and sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism (SECTT). It also provides an overview of what law enforcement authorities, private...

Impact of mobile technology for survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking: A mixed method study
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01 May 2021

Enabling access to online services through mobile technology is an essential need for survivors during the Covid-19 pandemic. It should be considered a feasible and necessary element of survivor support packages outside a pandemic. Further research should explore the viability...

Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2020
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05 February 2021

Advances in technology and the COVID-19 crisis have made millions more people vulnerable to trafficking, says UNODC Traffickers have integrated technology into their business models at every stage of the process, from recruiting to exploiting victims, according to the UNODC’s 2020...

Sale and trafficking of children for sexual purposes
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01 December 2020

ECPAT International is a global network of civil society organisations working together to end the sexual exploitation of children (SEC). ECPAT comprises member organisations in over 100 countries who generate knowledge, raise awareness, and advocate to protect children from all...

Online child sexual exploitation
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01 December 2020

ECPAT International is a global network of civil society organisations working together to end the sexual exploitation of children (SEC). ECPAT comprises member organisations in over 100 countries who generate knowledge, raise awareness, and advocate to protect children from all...

Transformative Technologies: How digital is changing the landscape of organized crime
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30 June 2020

Advances in technology are continuing to transform the illicit-trade landscape as dramatically as they are changing its legal counterpart, particularly as the increasing dominance of online trade provides a means to connect customers to vendors in a way that is...

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