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Welcome to the Anti-Trafficking website
of the Council of Europe

Trafficking in human beings violates the rights and affects the lives of countless people in Europe and beyond. The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, which entered into force on 1 February 2008, aims to prevent trafficking in human beings, protect victims of trafficking, prosecute traffickers, and promote co-ordination of national actions and international co-operation. The countries which have signed up to the Convention are monitored by the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA). The Council of Europe also supports governments in the implementation of the Convention and the recommendations emerging from its monitoring process.

 

News


Round-table to support anti-trafficking efforts in Poland

On 15 April 2014 the Anti-Trafficking Division of the Council of Europe, in co-operation with the Unit against Trafficking in Human Beings of the Ministry of the Interior of Poland, organised a round-table meeting in Warsaw for some 30 representatives of relevant ministries and public agencies, non-governmental organisations, trade unions and research centres. [more...]


 Greece becomes 42nd party to the Convention

On 11 April 2014 Greece ratified the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. The Convention will enter into force as regards Greece on 1 August 2014.

The Convention has been ratified by 41 Council of Europe member States: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Late last year Belarus acceded to the Convention as the first non-member State.

The Convention has also been signed but not yet ratified by two Council of Europe member States:  Estonia and Turkey.


 

Forthcoming events

- Round-table, Oslo (4 June)

- 20th GRETA meeting (30 June - 4 July)

- Calendar 2014

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Taking stock
of GRETA's monitoring

Round-table to support the anti-trafficking efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina

A round-table meeting on the follow-up given to GRETA’s first report and the Committee of the Parties’ recommendation on the implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by Bosnia and Herzegovina took place in Sarajevo on 10 April 2014. [more...]

 

 


GRETA's 19th meeting

The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) held its 19th meeting from 17 to 21 March 2014 at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. [more...]

List of decisions

 



Trafficking in human beings - a severe form of violence against women and girls and a flagrant violation of human rights:
the Council of Europe response
 
A Side Event at the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women co-organised by the Council of Europe and the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations

Monday 10 March 2014, 1.15 – 2.45
CR1 Conference Building, UN Headquarters, New York 

Event special file

Link to CSW 58 website


13th meeting of the Committee of the Parties

The 13th meeting of the Committee of the Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings was held in Strasbourg on Friday, 7 February 2014.

On the basis of GRETA's reports, the Committee of the Parties adopted recommendations addressed to Luxembourg, Serbia and Slovenia.

Further, the Committee considered reports submitted by the authorities of Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Denmark concerning measures taken to comply with the Committee of the Parties’ recommendations on the implementation of the Convention. The Committee took note of these reports and welcomed the measures taken by the authorities of Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Denmark. The Committee decided to transmit their reports to GRETA in order for them to be taken into consideration during the second evaluation round.

The next meeting of the Committee of the Parties will be held on 7 July 2014.

Meeting report


Conference “Not for Sale – Joining Forces against Trafficking in Human Beings”

17 – 18 February 2014, Vienna

Organised by the Council of Europe and the OSCE on the occasion of the Austrian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe and the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship. [more...]

Link to the OSCE webpage on the conference


First GRETA report on Slovenia

Strasbourg, 17 January 2014 – The Slovenian authorities have taken important steps in the area of action against trafficking in human beings, such as the adoption of legislation and national action plans and the setting up of co-ordination structures. However, improvements remain to be made in a number of areas, according to a report published today by the Council of Europe’s expert group on human trafficking, GRETA.

GRETA underlines that increased attention should be paid to trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation, trafficking in children and trafficking within Slovenia. Further, GRETA stresses that the identification of victims of trafficking should be improved through the introduction of a national referral mechanism and ensuring that law enforcement officials, social workers, labour inspectors and other relevant actors adopt a proactive approach to identification. [More...]

Link to the report


GRETA publishes first report on Serbia

Strasbourg, 16 January 2014 - The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its first evaluation report on Serbia.

In its report, GRETA welcomes the important steps taken to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings in Serbia. These measures have included the adoption of legislation criminalising trafficking in human beings and providing for the rights of victims of trafficking, and the setting up of the Centre for the Protection of Victims of Trafficking and structures to co-ordinate the efforts of relevant actors. [More...]

Link to the report 


First GRETA report on Luxembourg

Strasbourg, 15 January 2014 - The Council of Europe’s expert body on trafficking in human beings, GRETA, has called on the Luxembourg authorities to step up action against all forms of trafficking.

In its first report on Luxembourg, published today, GRETA notes that some important steps have been taken by the authorities, including the adoption of legislation to combat trafficking and provide trafficked victims with rights. [More...]

Link to the report


Europe must not stay an El Dorado for human traffickers

Strasbourg, 17 October 2013 -  On the occasion of the publication of its third general report of activities, the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), responsible for monitoring the respect of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, urges European governments to boost their efforts. “Human trafficking and the worst forms of exploitation that go with it call for governments and parliaments to up their game”, states Nicolas Le Coz, President of GRETA. “Europe must not stay an El Dorado for human traffickers”.

In light of its on-the-spot findings in the 10 European countries evaluated between 1 August 2012 and 31 July 2013 (Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Latvia, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal and the United Kingdom), the Council of Europe anti-trafficking watchdog stresses the need to combat all forms of trafficking in human beings. “Trafficking for the purpose of slavery, forced labour, removal of organs or forcing victims to commit criminal offences takes place every day in Europe, but is seldom investigated and punished”, underlines the President of GRETA. [more...]

Link to the report


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