Human trafficking

Human trafficking remains one of the world’s most lucrative trades, alongside illegal weapon and drug trade. The International Labour Organization estimates that as many as 2.4 million men, women and children fall victim to unscrupulous traffickers each year.

While some victims are kidnapped or handed over in payment of family debt, most are lured by promises of well-paying jobs and opportunities abroad. After providing transportation and false travel documents for overseas “jobs” as domestic workers, au pairs, models, etc., traffickers often charge exorbitant fees, lending way to life-long debt bondage situations. More often than not, trafficking victims are often subjected to cruel mental and physical abuse, including beating, rape, starvation, forced drug use, confinement and seclusion.

ICMC has witnessed the indelible marks that such experiences leave on both trafficking survivors and their families and, since 1999, has worked in countries of origin, transit and destination to combat trafficking and provide protection and assistance to those affected. From the Balkans to Asia and the Middle East, ICMC has earned a solid reputation for its work in trafficking prevention and protection, assisted voluntary return and reintegration, and coordination of services.

In addition to providing a variety of direct services─ranging from temporary shelter to psychosocial counseling, legal aid and livelihood and reintegration assistance─ICMC actively engages with local communities and NGOs in high-risk villages to strengthen their capacity to improve protection for survivors and better prevent future cases of trafficking.

Dedicated to pursuing holistic and sustainable solutions, ICMC also works to improve the implementation of anti-trafficking laws and better protect victims by establishing effective networks and cross-border counter-trafficking task forces among local authorities and representatives from government ministries of health, education, employment, defense, justice and social welfare.


News bites

Statement on Trafficking in Human Beings

Each human being is a free person, whether man, woman, girl or boy, and is destined to exist for the good of all in equality and fraternity. Any relationship that fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people – men, women, girls and boys – are equal and have the same freedom and dignity constitutes a grave crime against humanity.Read more

2011 UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs

Triple jeopardy: Young, migrant and stateless

GENEVA, 28 June 2011—Speaking as part of a panel of experts at the UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs, ICMC U.S. Liason Officer, Jane Bloom, discusses the intersections of migration and trafficking, of demographic imbalances and mobility, of cross-border marriages and lapses of nationality, all of which are "unfinished pieces" of the rapidly expanding globalization puzzle.Read more

Good Shepherd Asia Pacific Workshop

From migration to trafficking: A slippery slope

KUALA LUMPUR, 16 February 2011—Gathered together with more than 50 counter trafficking experts from across South East Asia, ICMC U.S. Liaison Officer Jane Bloom presented workshop participants with an analysis of the multiple facets for migration and trafficking and the church's collective role in preventing trafficking, and in protecting those most likely to become victims.Read more

Human Trafficking

ICMC joins fight against human trafficking

Geneva, 25 January 2013 – United States President Barrack Obama declared January 2013 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and recognized the efforts of individuals and organizations, such as ICMC, working to combat this “inexcusable” human rights abuse.Read more