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Human trafficking

The buying and selling of human beings for profit. Human trafficking is an extremely serious crime and a gross violation of human rights, which can be classified as a modern form of slavery. The goal of this section is to raise awareness of the problem and to show what is being done at EU-level and in the Member States to fight this injustice, to promote exchange of ideas and cooperation between all organisations, and to help people involved in the fight against trafficking in human beings and the protection of victims.

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Human trafficking

social inclusion

Law enforcement; Human Trafficking

This refers to the process that ensures that those at risk of poverty and social exclusion have the opportunities and resources necessary to participate in economic and social life, securing a ...

state party or states parties

Law enforcement; Human Trafficking

States which have ratified a particular convention or treaty, such as the Council of Europe Convention.

third country

Law enforcement; Human Trafficking

Reference to any country outside the European Union. The term ‘third country nationals’ applies to people who come from a country outside the EU into an EU Member State.

trafficked child

Law enforcement; Human Trafficking

Any person under eighteen who is recruited, transported, transferred, harboured or received for the purpose of exploitation, either within or outside a country, even if no element of coercion, ...

trafficked person

Law enforcement; Human Trafficking

The term “trafficked person” is used as a general term, referring to those who have been trafficked and are entitled to assistance and protection on the very basis of that fact, whereas the term ...


Law enforcement; Human Trafficking

A person who is involved in recruiting or moving a child or adult with the intention to expose them to exploitation. A ‘trafficker’ is distinguished from a ‘smuggler’ or other intermediary who helps ...

trafficking in human beings

Law enforcement; Human Trafficking

Article 4.a of the Council of Europe Convention states: “‘Trafficking in human beings’ shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat ...

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