Together Against Trafficking in Human Beings

United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children

United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children

Adopted by General Assembly resolution 55/25, is supplementing the UN Convention. It entered into force on 25 December 2003.

The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children is the first global legally binding instrument with an agreed definition on trafficking in persons. The Protocol contains provisions on a range of issues, including criminalisation, assistance to and protection for victims, the status of victims in the receiving states, repatriation of victims, preventive measures, actions to discourage the demand, exchange of information and training, and measures to strengthen the effectiveness of border controls. The protocol stipulates that states parties must adopt or strengthen legislative or other measures to discourage the demand that fosters all forms of exploitation of persons, especially women and children that leads to trafficking. States must become parties to the Convention before they can become parties to any of its Protocol.