Any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another.


Additional notes and information

The most reported form of trafficking in human beings is sexual exploitation. This includes exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, including street prostitution; window prostitution and brothels; strip clubs/bars; pornography industry; escort services, modelling agencies and massage parlours. It is a strongly gendered form of exploitation, with women and girls being the overwhelming majority.

Source: European Commission (2018). Working together to address trafficking in human beings: key concepts in a nutshell.


United Nations Secretary-General’s Bulletin (2003). Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. 9 October 2003