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How to fight human trafficking: new guide for governments

19 October 2016

On 18 October, to mark the 10th European Anti-Trafficking Day, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) published a new guidebook for national authorities based on examples of good practice from across the continent.

"Human trafficking is a modern-day scourge, but over the last few years our member states have taken many really important steps to help prevent trafficking, to protect victims and to prosecute offenders," said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.

"Examples of good practices have been gathered from countries of origin, countries of transit and countries of destination for victims of trafficking. For the first time, these have been brought together in one place to help authorities put an end to this horrendous abuse of human rights."

GRETA is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Council of Europe’s anti-trafficking convention, which has been signed by 46 of the organisation’s 47 member states plus Belarus.

Today’s compendium of good practices highlights positive initiatives identified in over 50 country-by-country evaluation reports published by GRETA since the convention came into force in 2008.

Source: Council of Europe

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