Building a Europe for and with children

Trafficking in human beings ...

children treated as slaves

Trafficking in human beings constitutes a violation of human rights and an offence to the dignity and integrity of all human beings. It deprives children of the right to preserve their identity, to education, health care, rest and leisure, and to not  be subjected to degrading treatment or punishment. In Europe, trafficking children is usually for sexual exploitation or forced labour.  Because trafficked children are made to believe that they have no alternatives, they often lack motivation to escape.
There is literally no country in Europe that has not been affected by the people trade, either as an origin,  transit or receiving country, or a combination of some or all of these. Stamping out cross-border trafficking  requires highly-developed international co-operation: traffickers are the great beneficiaries if this co-operation is lacking. 

Selected legal texts

Activities and other texts

Points of view

Interview with Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe. This interview took place during preparation of the convention, before its adoption in May 2006. It highlights the challenges involved in drafting the convention, such as reconciling victim protection with EU law on illegal migration, and the need for progress in victim protection and monitoring.

Press releases

24 October 2006: Council of Europe: Italy and other countries committed to ratify the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings