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Definition of Trafficking in Human Beings

Tuesday 16 September 2014

The Collective relies on a number of international texts and, particularly, on the definition of trafficking in human being as described in the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings of 16 May, 2005 and on article 3 of the Palermo Protocol to the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime, to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children,

These texts provide that: ’“Trafficking in persons” shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse
of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.’

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