Stopping Human Trafficking, Sexual Exploitation, and Abuse by International Peacekeepers & Civilian Personnel

Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

As required by law, this section summarizes actions taken by the United Nations (UN), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) to prevent trafficking in persons or exploitation of victims of trafficking.


United Nations



Total Number of Peacekeeping and Support Personnel




Total Number of Missions




Prevention Policy

“Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse” (SEA) (2003)

“Code of Conduct for Staff and Mission Members”

“NATO Policy on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings” (2004 and 2007)

Lead Office Responsible for Implementation

Office of Field Support

Office of Human Resources

NATO Political Affairs and Security Policy Division (PASP)

Prevention Training

Pre-deployment and at mission


Pre-deployment and at mission

“NATO Guidance for the development of training and educational programmes to support the policy on combating the trafficking in human beings” (2004)

Number of Allegations
in 2014

51 [civilian (14), military (24), police (13)]

Allegations were made against personnel of UN missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (13), Haiti (13), South Sudan (12), Liberia (5), Mali (3), Afghanistan (1), Cyprus (1), Lebanon (1), Sudan's Abyei Region (1), and Cote d'Ivoire (1).

25% of the allegations involved children under
18 years of age

No reported allegations

No reported allegations – NATO relies on contributing countries to report allegations.

New Initiatives

A new Accountability Framework went into effect in July 2014 with updated indicators of mission performance in executing prevention, enforcement, and remedial actions for conduct and discipline. The Accountability Framework includes an SEA risk management framework and a draft action plan. The proposed actions include development of a Secretariat-wide communication strategy, focused on SEA, to include best practices and procedures for registering complaints of misconduct.


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