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Fighting human trafficking

Trafficking in human beings is a modern form of slavery. It’s a crime that violates basic human rights. Millions of people are victims to trafficking and it's happening all around us. Surprised? Read on!

United Nations puts the number of victims to trafficking at 2.5 million any given time. Trafficking is almost always a form of organized crime, and we know that it generates tens of billions of dollars in profits for criminals each year.

 

Learn about it

To get an idea of the scale of the problem, read the Council of Europe’s You’re Not For Sale comic strips. The stories of Talina, Fabia, Yvo, Anna and Sofia illustrate many forms of exploitation. The fight against the trafficking of human beings has become one of the Council of Europe´s main priorities. UN also work against human trafficking, and have proposed “The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons” It is the first global legally binding instrument with an agreed definition on trafficking in persons.

 

 

Open your eyes

The Open your eyes campaign shows you how human trafficking is closer than you might think, particularly the trafficking of people for labour exploitation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-trafficking day

EU anti-trafficking day takes place on 18 October every year. Do you want to get involved? The European Commission has presented a new strategy to end trafficking valid for the period 2012-2016.

 

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