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The African Union (AU) is a continental organization with the membership of 55 African countries. It was officially founded in 2002.

Agenda 2063 aspires to a continent where there is a universal culture of good governance, democratic values, gender equality, and respect for human rights, justice, and the rule of law. The AU works alongside its member states in developing and implementing policies aimed at building strong and well-governed institutions and enacting laws that ensure African citizens are fully engaged and involved in policy-making and development initiatives. It also aims to provide these citizens with a safe and secure environment in which they can live.

It is within this framework that the project for the prevention of human trafficking in Africa was initiated. This policy document is intended to provide a harmonized policy approach to preventing trafficking on the continent. It is divided into five chapters, with the initial chapters providing general information and explaining why this document was developed. They also offer a structural analysis of the trafficking situation on the continent, highlighting global, continental, and regional trends and developments in trafficking. Additionally, the document underscores the deep-rooted structural causes of trafficking in Africa, aiming to raise awareness among member states to proactively address them for sustainable prevention of the crime on the continent.

Key instruments related to human trafficking*:

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