Trafficking for labour exploitation is one of the major current challenges in Europe, as identified by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe in his report "Ready for Future Challenges - Reinforcing the Council of Europe" on the basis of the findings of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA). 

To strengthen the action against trafficking in human beings, the Committee of Ministers "agreed to continue analysing the protection provided by existing European standards with a view to identifying gaps and developing sector specific recommendations, guidelines and codes of conduct" (129th Ministerial Session, Helsinki, 17 May 2019).

To this end, the Committee of Ministers set up the Drafting Committee on Trafficking for the Purpose of Labour Exploitation (DH-TET), which has its origins in the SG’s roadmap following the Helsinki decisions; see SG/Inf(2019)34 and SG(2020)29. Under the authority of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), it was tasked to prepare a draft recommendation of the Committee of Ministers on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation, 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 GRETA, as well as on the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights.

During its 1444th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies, the Committee of Ministers adopted its Recommendation to member States on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation (CM/Rec(2022)21).


 Recommendation CM/Rec(2022)21

 Explanatory Memorandum to the Recommendation 

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