UNODC develops a Model Law to assist States in the fight against modern slavery

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is the custodian of The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2000. The UNODC addresses human trafficking issues through its Global Program against Trafficking in Human Beings. To date, more than 110 States have signed and ratified the Protocol.

The Model Law has been developed by UNODC to assist member States in combating human trafficking. The Model Law has been created to assist States in preparing their national laws against trafficking in persons and victim assistance processes, as well as establishing cooperation among different State authorities and NGOs. Each provision of the Model Law includes detailed commentary providing several options for legislators as well as legal sources and examples. The UNODC provides assistance to States in regard to drafting laws, creating national anti-trafficking strategies and implementation.  

View the Model Law here.

Sonja Duncan