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Trafficking in Human Beings

Trafficking in human beings has different forms, and only estimates exist regarding the real dimension. Although there are different forms of trafficking in human beings, anti-trafficking work was focused on trafficking in women for the purpose of sexual exploitation in the last years. Other forms of trafficking in human beings, especially trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation, has attracted attention only recently. Different forms of trafficking in human beings require different and adapted measures against it. All measures need to follow a comprehensive approach. This allows combining prosecution, prevention of trafficking in human beings as well as the protection and strengthening of victim’s rights.

Trafficking in human beings forms a human rights violation; consequently efforts against trafficking in human beings are required, which put the human rights of trafficked persons at the centre. The BIM’s research focuses on the protection of the human rights of victims in all measures and strategies against trafficking in human beings. This encompasses analysis of legal and political measures at international, European and national level. BIM’s activities further contain publications, especially regarding child trafficking, trainings and presentations as well as networking at national and European levels.

On the occasion of a special election of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings of the Council of Europe (GRETA) the Austrian government nominated two BIM experts (Julia Planitzer, Helmut Sax) for this function. Finally, Helmut Sax was elected in December 2010 for a term of four years.

Again BIM Staff member elected to Council of Europe’s Anti-Trafficking Expert Group

On 9 November 2018 Julia Planitzer, Senior Researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM), has been elected as new Member of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings ("GRETA"), upon nomination by Austria. The mandate will start in January 2019 and will last for four years.

Event on the occasion of the EU Anti-Trafficking Day

On the occasion of the EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the Austrian Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking organizes this conference on 'Human Trafficking and Human Rights - Access to Rights for Victims of Human Trafficking' in cooperation with the Italian OSCE-Chairmanship, the office of the OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime and the International Centre for Mig

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Hofburg, Wien

Criminal Liability of Cooperations for Trafficking in Human Beings for Labour Exploitation

(c) Global Policy Volume 8, Issue 4, November 2017

Julia Planitzer and Nora Katona have published their paper on “Criminal Liability of Cooperations for Trafficking in Human Beings for Labour Exploitation” in the November issue of Global Policy.

The paper holds that legal instruments at the European level, such as the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, clearly define that States have an obligation to establish corporate liability for trafficking in human beings (THB). However, upon closer look at national legislation in Europe, one recognises that the norms within this framework are not being enforced to their fullest extent.

Trafficking in Children and the Best Interests of the Child

 17th Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference (OSCE), Copyright: OSCE

At 03. und 04. of April already the 17th OSCE Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference takes place in Vienna. During panel 2 on 04.04. Helmut Sax will discuss Protection of children and best practise. Also he will present the annual GRETA-Report focusing trafficking of children.

For further information of this event see this link: http://www.osce.org/event/alliance17

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Neuer Saal, 2nd floor, Hofburg, Vienna

Trafficking in Human Beings in Europe – A Commentary to the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CoE Convention against THB) is the first legal instrument concerning trafficking in human beings (THB) that frames THB as a human rights violation. Although the CoE Convention against THB has been in force since 2008 and ratified by almost all Member States of the Council of Europe (46 out of 47 Member States), a comprehensive commentary to the Convention does not yet exist. Bearing in mind the significant importance of the Convention, this forms a remarkable gap which needs to be filled.

Child Trafficking Conference: Promoting the Human Rights and Best interests of Children in Transnational Child Protection Cases

Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings

At the 7 and 8 of December 2016, experts from the Member States of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) will meet in Stockholm for a conference on child trafficking and talk about „Promoting the Human Rights and Best interests of Children in Transnational Child Protection Cases".

Helmut Sax is a member of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) of the Council of Europe and will talk about the „Progress in developing an effective policy and practice against exploitation and trafficking of children".

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Stockholm

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