One of the greatest challenges in developing targeted counter-trafficking responses and measuring their impact is the lack of reliable, high-quality data. The crime of human trafficking is complex, dynamic, and clandestine, taking place in a wide variety of contexts and often perpetrated by organized criminal networks. Historically, available data on human trafficking have been extremely limited and the data that do exist are too often isolated in silos, leading to fragmented knowledge.
IOM assists approximately 8,000 victims of trafficking each year and is the largest global actor in this regard. This programming provides a unique source of primary data on human trafficking and IOM maintains the largest database of victim case data in the world, which contains case records for over 55,000 trafficked persons assisted by the Organization. IOM’s data are used to inform policy and programming, including for estimating prevalence and measuring the impact of anti-trafficking interventions.
To learn more about IOM's data collection tools on human trafficking, please access the full report here.