In cooperation with ECPAT Austria and LexisNexis, the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights elaborated two expert opinions on questions concerning assistance to and identification of victims of child trafficking as well as concerning the criminal responsibility of perpetrators.
Trafficking in Human Beings
Main goal of this project is to tailor the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ('Ruggie-Guidelines') for the context of Human Trafficking. The guidelines should be implemented in three different sectors: agriculture, construction and the hospitality-sector.
On the occasion of the European Union Anti-Trafficking-Day, the Austrian National Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking organized a conference on October 5th, 2012 in Vienna.
Event of the Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking (established by the Austrian Federal Government, coordinated by the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs) on the occasion of the EU-Anti-Trafficking-Day
In the first issue of the 'Anti-Trafficking Review' an article by BIM-researcher Julia Planitzer is published.
Julia Planitzer reviews in her contribution the monitoring of implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.
On the occasion of finalising a one-year research project on trafficking in human beings for the purpose labour exploitation funded by the European Commission and the Austrian Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, the University of Tilburg organised a conference on 8 April 2011.
THB for labour exploitation has been criminalised in many countries, but its practice is still largely trivialised. States give their own interpretation of labour exploitation and case law differs considerably between states. The project seeks to assess how legislation on THB for labour exploitation is applied by the law enforcement agencies and further stakeholders. Within the study, it should be clarified which public institutions, law enforcement agencies and further stakeholders are involved in identification of trafficked persons and law enforcement. At the same time, the assistance to victims of trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation is analyzed.
The EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) released on 7 July 2009 a new report on ‘The role of the European Union in the fight against child trafficking'. Many children fall victim to trafficking every year. There are extremely low numbers of convictions in child trafficking cases. Overall, the report finds that the EU must do more to address the issue.