Nils Muižnieks: EU has an estimated 880,000 forced labour victims

“Among the EU victims, 90% are exploited in the private economy, by individuals or private companies,” writes Nils Muižnieks. “Within this group, 22% are victims of forced sexual exploitation and 68% of forced labour exploitation in economic activities, such as agriculture, construction, domestic work or manufacturing.”

Podcast: Five years a slave – Henriette Akofa’s story

“I was a slave,” says Henriette Akofa, a victim of labour exploitation in France. “The only difference was that they didn’t buy me from my parents. But they betrayed my trust and that of my parents.”

Jagland: Europe must speak out with one voice against human trafficking

Jagland wants all member states to ratify the Council of Europe’s Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, which was opened for signature 10 years ago.

Anti-human trafficking experts publish first report on Germany

A general welcome is given to Germany’s efforts to fight human slavery but experts are concerned by differences among German states (Länder) in identifying and providing assistance to victims.

Anti-human trafficking unit publishes annual report

The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) report, based on its analysis of trends in 35 countries, wants governments to “step up their efforts,” to identify child victims and encourages national authorities to offer better assistance to trafficked people, as well as compensation, to boost the effectiveness of law enforcement investigations, prosecutions and convictions.