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Human Beings: Victims of Trafficking

Friday 7 January 2011

Combatting all forms of trafficking in human beings is the main priority of the Collective. The 2005 Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings is the judicial framework for this issue. It came into force on 1 February 2008.

Article 4 of the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings defines trafficking in human beings as:

"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."

The text has thus far been ratified by thirty-four states:
Albania, Abdorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaidjan, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovinia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegor, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the United Kingdom, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Ukraine.

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Leaflet: "Human Beings, victims of trafficking"

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