Italy: New report on impact of human trafficking

A new anti-human trafficking report urges Italy’s authorities to do more to discourage demand for the services of the victims of modern slavery.

The 22 September report from the Council of Europe’s expert group on human trafficking, GRETA, wants “more attention to trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation, in particular in sectors at high risk such as agriculture, construction, textile industry, tourism and domestic service.

“Furthermore, GRETA urges the Italian authorities to improve the identification of victims of trafficking by introducing a national identification and referral mechanism and increasing efforts to proactively identify victims amongst asylum seekers, irregular migrants and unaccompanied foreign children.”

GRETA also wants the Italian authorities to strengthen the effectiveness of investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking-related offences and “to make full use of the measures available to protect victims and witnesses of trafficking.”

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