Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

GRETA’s first evaluation visit to Germany

24 June 2014 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out an evaluation visit to Germany from 13 to 20 June 2014. The visit was organised in the context of the first round of evaluation of the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

During the visit, the GRETA delegation held consultations with officials from the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development, the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the Federal Criminal Police Office, and the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Further, meetings were held with representatives of the regional governments in Berlin, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Mainz, as well as with officials from the police, public prosecutor’s office, Federal Head Offices of Finance, immigration authorities and health departments in the Länder Berlin, Hamburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony.

In addition, the delegation met with civil society organisations, trade unions, academics and representatives of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

In the course of the visit, the GRETA delegation visited two shelters providing accommodation and assistance to victims of trafficking: one for migrant women who have experienced violence, exploitation or human trafficking, run by the NGO Ban Ying in Berlin, and a women’s shelter in Frankfurt am Main run by an association financed by the municipality.

The visit was carried out by Mr Helmut Sax, Second Vice-President of GRETA, and Mr Ryszard Piotrowicz, member of GRETA, who were accompanied by Mr Markus Lehner and Ms Johanna Nelles of the Anti-Trafficking Secretariat.

On the basis of the information gathered during the visit and the reply from the German authorities to GRETA’s questionnaire, GRETA will prepare a draft report containing an analysis of the implementation of the Convention by Germany and suggestions for further action. This draft report will be transmitted to the German authorities for comments, which will be taken into account by GRETA when establishing its final report. GRETA’s final report will be made public, together with eventual comments by the German authorities.