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Joint Efforts Final Conference Report now available

The report of the Conference on “New Forms of European Partnership and Cooperation in Combating and Preventing Trafficking in Human Beings” is now available here. This event was organised within the framework provided by the European Commission's Directorate General Home Affairs ISEC Programme on Prevention of and Fight against Crime,  and highlighted the main features of the current debate taking place between policy makersmedical practitionerslaw enforcementborder guards and judicial officialscivil society and academia. This event reflected upon the results of two years long efforts in building new forms of  multidisciplinary partnerships and strategies aiming at the protection of victims of trafficking as well as introducing innovative tools for sustainable cooperation between the medical field and law enforcement. In this way the conference provided a valuable input to the implementation of the 2012 EU Strategy Towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings. 

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Joint Efforts Conference Agenda now available

The preliminary agenda of the Joint Efforts Final Conference that will take place on 6 March 2014 at the premises of the Egmont Palace in Brussels is now available here. Highlights include the opening speech of Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, the address of dr Krisztina BertaDeputy State Secretary for EU and International Relations, Ministry of Interior, Hungary, the intervention of UN Under Secretary General and ICC Prosecutor, Mr Serge Brammertz and the presentation of Ms Myria Vasiliadou, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator on behalf of the European Commission.

Through three interesting and lively panel discussions the following topics will be touched upon: human and minority rights in the countries of origin and destination; the medical secrecy as a possible obstacle in the multi-disciplinary approach; the future European policies furthering synergies between all stakeholders in the fight against THB...and much more!

Due to the great interest in this event, online registrations are now closed. We can still consider individual requests sent to project@payoke.be.

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UPDATE: Due to the great interest in this event, online registrations are now closed. We can still consider individual requests sent to project@payoke.be.

We are glad to announce that registrations for the Conference on “New Forms of European Partnership and Cooperation in Combating and Preventing Trafficking in Human Beings” are now open! This event is being organised within the framework provided by the European Commission's Directorate General Home Affairs ISEC Programme on Prevention of and Fight against Crime,  and will highlight the main features of the current debate taking place between policy makersmedical practitionerslaw enforcementborder guards and judicial officialscivil society and academia. This event will reflect upon the results of two years long efforts in building new forms of  multidisciplinary partnerships and strategies aiming at the protection of victims of trafficking as well as introducing innovative tools for sustainable cooperation between the medical field and law enforcement. In this way the conference will provide a valuable input to the implementation of the 2012 EU Strategy Towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings. 

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BBC: Women 'held as slaves for 30 years'

Three women have been "rescued" from a south London house as police investigate claims they were held as slaves for about 30 years. Last month officers were contacted by Freedom Charity after it received a call from a woman saying she had been held against her will for decades. A Malaysian woman, 69, an Irish woman, 57, and a British woman, 30, were rescued from the house on 25 October. A man, 73, and woman, 67, were held in Lambeth and bailed until January.

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Belgian Anti-Trafficking Law stricter in order to fight trafficking more efficiently

Trafficking in human beings - in the form of economic or sexual exploitation, smuggling or a combination of these crimes - is punishable in Belgium since 1995. Since August 2, changes in the law on trafficking entered into force in order to address this issue more effeiciently.

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EU states slow to respond to trafficking

23.632 people were identified or presumed victims of trafficking in the EU over the 2008-2010 period. This is the most striking figure emerging from the first report on trafficking in human beings in Europe, published on Monday by the European Commission.

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Five years of commitment to action against human trafficking in Europe

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. 
 
With an emphasis on the human rights of victims of trafficking, the Convention contains measures to ensure the proper identification of victims, their assistance and protection, as well as the prosecution of traffickers and international co-operation.
 
The Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), which monitors the implementation of obligations under the Convention, has already published 16 country evaluation reports. GRETA’s reports on France and Latvia have just been made public. It is clear that not only human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation persists, but trafficking for the purpose of forced labour or services is on the increase in Europe.

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Publication of GRETA's Report on Malta

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its first evaluation report on Malta.

In the report, GRETA notes the progress made by the Maltese authorities to develop the institutional and legal framework for combating trafficking in human beings, including the adoption of the first national action plan on combating trafficking in persons in October 2011 and the setting up of the Human Trafficking Monitoring Committee and a Stakeholder Task Force against human trafficking. 

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Increase in global child trafficking gives cause for concern, says new UNODC report

The 2012 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons released today by UNODC has revealed that 27 per cent of all victims of human trafficking officially detected globally between 2007 and 2010 are children, up 7 per cent from the period 2003 to 2006.

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Women's networks call organise to end prostitution in Europe

On the 4th of December the European Women's Lobby organised a conference on prostitution at the European Parliament to assess ten years of policies on prostitution in Sweden and the Netherlands. Representatives from both countries presented the results of studies made of the policies, legislation and impact of prostitution policy in their respective countries.

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Trafficking: The ordeal of a Moscow 'shop slave'

Two weeks ago anti-people-trafficking activists found 11 people who were apparently being kept as slaves in a mini market in Moscow.

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