The following is a research tool which brings together the legislation dealing with human exploitation of the 193 countries which are Members of the United Nations.

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The Database covers the types of exploitation set out in the definition of trafficking in persons in the 2000 UN Palermo Protocol and reproduced word for word in the 2005 Council of Europe Convention dealing with Trafficking which reads in part: 'Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs'.

Beyond the enumerated types of exploitation noted in this definition, which are to be considered as being 'at a minimum', the Database provides legislation specific to other types of exploitation. These are: adoption, child labour, debt bondage and forced marriage.

The Database was created by Dr. Jean Allain and Dr. Marie Lynch, School of Law, Queen's University, Belfast, through funding provided by The Leverhulme Trust. The Database is up to date as of October 2011.