Trafficking in human beings is the modern
version of the slave trade. People are forced
by poor and insecure circumstances, by economic
and political hardships, to leave their homeland
in search of a better life. Alas, this quest
can be a journey into hell.
Human beings are treated as commodities to
be bought and sold, subjected to every form
of exploitation: usually in the sex industry
but also economically, for instance in the
agricultural sector or in declared or undeclared
sweatshops, forced to work for a pittance or
no wages at all. Every day we learn of cases
of domestic slavery where persons working in
a private family setting are ill-treated, humiliated
and subjected to exhausting working hours.
Anyone, man, woman or child, can be entrapped
and victimised by this traffic.
The stories of Talina, Fabia, Yvo, Anna and
Sofia illustrate all these forms of exploitation.
The Council of Europe, whose prime objective
is to safeguard and protect human rights, intends
these stories to alert the citizens of its 47 member states. The fight against trafficking
in human beings has become one of its priorities.
Numerous activities have already been conducted
at the political and legal level by the Council
of Europe to combat this traffic, the most
recent being the adoption of the Council
of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking
in Human Beings.
The comic strip is a further contribution
to Council of Europe action to combat trafficking
and protect its victims.
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