Article by Tina Hadzic from “Insider Monkey”, July 16, 2017
While the majority of the population lives in oblivion with regards to the issue of human trafficking, residents of the top 15 cities with highest human trafficking in the world most certainly do not.

History teaches us that slavery was abolished centuries ago. However, it is still present only under a different name – human trafficking. In 2010, the UN General Assembly adopted the global plan of action to combat trafficking in persons. A few years later, the same body designated 30th of July as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. While there are international mechanisms to combat human trafficking and with the promotion of human rights globally, there is a higher recognition of the issue as such, failure of some countries to prioritize change of legislation and to resort to all means available in order to protect better its citizens has resulted in these 15 cities having the highest human trafficking scope. In case you are interested which are the worst states for human trafficking in America, check out our list of 11 worst states for human trafficking in America.

As indicated on the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes, human trafficking represents a grave violation of human rights, affecting men, women, and children. The UN Global Report on Trafficking in Persons for 2016 estimates that “children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide. Additionally, women and girls comprise 71 percent of human trafficking victims.” Furthermore, it recognizes sexual exploitation as the most common form of human trafficking, followed by forced labor. According to the report, other forms of exploitation such as domestic servitude, forced labor, organ removal, exploitation of children for begging, sex trade, and warfare, are “under-reported.”

As stated on the UN official website, “every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims.” Human trafficking in its definition implies the act that includes multiple steps, “recruitment, transportation, harboring or receipt of persons,” taking place in more than one location. For this reason, that is, the very nature of human trafficking, it is impossible to rank the cities with highest human trafficking in the world. If we take the nature of human trafficking into account and the means countries use to tackle the issue, it is very likely that one (or more) of the steps in human trafficking process will occur in capital cities. To this, we should add the hectic life that characterizes larger cities, which makes it easier for illegal activities to go under the radar. This might make bigger cities more appealing for those who commit trafficking, organize it and direct it. Moreover, if not the final destination, capital cities are often transit points.

Therefore, what we consider to be the cities with the highest human trafficking are the capitals of the countries which are on tier 2 watch list. The US Department of State releases a global report on trafficking in persons every year. Countries on Tier 2 Watch List have “the absolute number of victims of severe forms of trafficking” which is “very significant or is significantly increasing.” Furthermore, these countries fail “to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons.”

When creating the list of top 15 cities with highest human trafficking in the world, we considered the ranking of countries in the report published by the US Department of State for 2016. Moreover, we have considered the results presented in the UN Global Report on Trafficking in Persons for the same year. Both reports contain country profiles, and these are what we looked into when we created the list of 15 cities with the highest human trafficking scope in the world. We also referred to some local news sources which published relevant news articles.

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Triangular Group Intelligence (TGINT) is proud to look back on a successful 2016. Below some highlights that we would like to share with you.      

Last year, we have expanded our client base with 16 new clients and 38 unique projects have been successfully completed. The operational theater of these projects was in two dozen countries, mainly in North-Africa and the Middle East.

Among the highlights over the past year include hosting the bi-annual meeting of the European Strategic Intelligence Alliance (ESIA –, which consists of a unique set of corporate intelligence specialists. We also launched a dedicated unit, called Advisory Group Roshd, which is aimed specifically to serve those companies that are willing to explore and engage the high potential market of the Islamic Republic of Iran (   Furthermore, we were delighted  with a meeting in ‘Het Torentje’, where we had an interesting and wide ranging discussion with the Dutch Prime-Minister Mark Rutte.

We are grateful to our loyal staff as well as our increasing number of operational relationships, with whom we share the same professional values, which includes discretion and service excellence in the pursuit of corporate intelligence. We believe this is what makes TGINT unique and has made us successful so far.

Please have a look at TGINT’s newly updated website, which highlights our main service lines;

All of us at Triangular Group are wishing you a Happy Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year!

A Happy and prosperous New Year

“TGINT’S visit at ‘Het Torentje’ last November.

“TGINT’S visit at ‘Het Torentje’ last November.



Triangular Group Intelligence (TGINT) is proud to be presented at DUTCHGLORY, a unique digital platform for showcasing impressive, growing, innovative Dutch companies; DutchGlory & TGINT.

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Article from ‘Re/Port of Moerdijk’ (5th edition), December 2016
In sommige markten blijkt ‘gewoon zaken doen’ helemaal niet zo gebruikelijk te zijn en dit is juist het speelveld van het Nederlandse Triangular Group Intelligence (TGINT). Voordat ze in 2013 hun expertise aanboden voor het bedrijfsleven hadden Onno van Boven en Ray Klaassens, de managing partners van Triangular Group Intelligence, een twintigjarige carrière bij het Korps Commandotroepen en de Nederlandse inlichtingendiensten.

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Fraud en Risk Conference, Warsaw, November

Warsaw, November 2016.
Last November, the Polish IBBC Group held his annual conference which was al about European law, corruption and tax evasion. Onno van Boven was asked to give a comprehensive overview of the geo-political tensions in the Middle-East and Africa, mainly in relation to crisis management and creating predictive power for decision makers.

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Fraud en Risk Conference

In de haarvaten van onvoorspelbare en onontgonnen regio’s

Article from ‘Het Financieele Dagblad’, December 23rd 2015
De geopolitieke ontwikkelingen in het Midden-Oosten en Oekraïne laten het internationale zakenleven niet onberoerd. De in 2011 ontdekte gasbel in Mozambique trekt bedrijvigheid van vele westerse bedrijven aan. En ondernemers en investeerders staan klaar om handel te gaan drijven in Iran. Zo maar drie voorbeelden waar ‘gewoon zaken doen’ niet zo gewoon is. De managing partners van Triangular Group leerden elkaar kennen bij het Korps Commandotroepen en leidden daarna wereldwijd politiek gevoelige operaties voor verschillende ministeries. Nu zetten zij hun expertise in voor het Nederlandse bedrijfsleven.

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Integrity Study Angola Africa

Expanding Abroad

Article from ‘Zeeland PortNews’, December 2015
How does one best approach a new business venture overseas? Usually, the answer would be to collect as much information as possible, understand the local market including competitor analysis, recognize stakeholders involved, and obtain insight into local regulations and customs processes.

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Risky Business Seminar, Amsterdam, February 2015

In February 2015, Dutch insurance broker Meijers organized a very interesting seminar about political risks for the insurance industry, called ‘Risky Business’. Onno van Boven was one of the speakers and he gave a brief insight in the geo-political complexity of some parts of the world in relation to corporate decision making. He also explained Triangular’s methodology as a risk mitigation tool.