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DH-TET: first meeting of the Drafting Committee on trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation

The Drafting Committee on trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation (DH-TET) will hold its first meeting on 4-5 October 2021, via videoconference.

The Committee has been set up to prepare a draft recommendation of the Committee of Ministers on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation, in line with the decisions taken at the 129th Ministerial Session on 17 May 2019 in Helsinki and the Secretary General’s Roadmap on strengthening action against trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation. The draft recommendation is based notably on the Compendium of Good Practices and the Guidance Note on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings for the Purpose of Labour Exploitation developed by the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), as well as on the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights.

DH-TET is set up under the authority of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) and is composed of 10 member States’ representatives and 5 independent experts appointed by the Secretary General.

The relevant documents will be published shortly after the meeting. 


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The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings 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.

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