Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has called on the Czech Republic, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Russia and Turkey, to join 43 other European states in ratifying the Council of Europe’s
Speaking at a conference in Strasbourg to mark the 10th anniversary of the convention, the Secretary General said: "Every day, in 21st century Europe, people are being trafficked across borders — and also within their own countries — and then exploited in the most horrendous ways. This has to stop."
"Human trafficking affects the whole continent and requires a coordinated,
The Secretary General has sent letters to the authorities of the five Council of Europe member states concerned, urging them to take the necessary steps towards ratification of the convention.
The Council of Europe convention on action against trafficking in human beings was opened for signature on 16 May 2005. Countries which join the convention make a legal commitment to introducing measures to help prevent human trafficking, protect victims and prosecute offenders.