What we do

The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 3 May 2005, following a series of other initiatives by the Council of Europe in the field of combating trafficking in human beings. The Convention entered into force on 1 February 2008, following its 10th ratification. While building on existing international instruments, the Convention goes beyond the minimum standards agreed upon in them and strengthens the protection afforded to victims.

The Convention has a comprehensive scope of application, encompassing all forms of trafficking (whether national or transnational, linked or not linked to organised crime) and taking in all persons who are victims of trafficking (women, men or children). The forms of exploitation covered by the Convention are, at a minimum, sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude and the removal of organs.

The main added value of the Convention is its human rights perspective and focus on victim protection. Its Preamble defines trafficking in human beings as a violation of human rights and an offence to the dignity and integrity of the human being.



New publication available

The report presents examples of initiatives by governments, businesses and civil society organisations to prevent trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation, reviewing their strengths and weaknesses. The research has been conducted by Mike Dottridge, independent human rights consultant, within the project “Improving Poland’s Capacity to Prevent Trafficking in Human Beings” funded by the Norway Grants Financial Mechanism and implemented by the Polish Ministry of the Interior together with the Council of Europe.

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Forthcoming elections of GRETA members

The terms of office of 13 of the 15 current members of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) will expire on 31 December 2016. The elections to fill the vacant seats will be held at the 19th meeting of the Committee of the Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings on 4 November 2016.

Taking into account that no two members of GRETA may be nationals of the same State, 44 Parties to the Convention have the right to nominate candidates for GRETA membership.


Interview with Petya Nestorova, Executive Secretary of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings on the publication of GRETA's most recent reports.