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 the criminal responsibility of perpetrators.
Trafficking in Human Beings
The 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 sectors.
On the occasion of the European Union Anti-Trafficking Day, the Austrian National Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking organized a conference on October 5, 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
An article by BIM researcher Julia Planitzer is published in the first issue of the Anti-Trafficking Review.
In her contribution, Julia Planitzer reviews 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 is 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 a new report on ‘The role of the European Union in the fight against child trafficking' on 7 July 2009. 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.
The project "Trafficking in persons: Protection of victims’ rights in criminal proceedings and beyond", financed by the AGIS framework programme was carried out jointly by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ), La Strada International (LSI), General Prosecutor’s Office Romania (GPO) and Reaching Out (Romania).