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Fighting human trafficking

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Trafficking human beings is a modern form of slavery. It’s a very serious crime that violates basic human rights. Anyone can become a victim of trafficking for many reasons and it's happening all around us. Surprised? Read on!

According to the United Nations human trafficking is the second-biggest source of profit for organised criminals after the drugs trade.


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 all forms of exploitation. The fight against the trafficking of human beings has become one of the Council of Europe's priorities.

More on trafficking from the UN


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. Why not get involved? In 2010, the European Commission presented a new Directive to ensure better protection of and assistance to victims of human trafficking with the goal to prevent such crimes.