Combating the new slave trade – 10th anniversary of Europe’s anti-trafficking convention

EPA/JENS BUETTNER

Police manoeuvre against human trafficking at EU borders

In 2012 the number of victims of forced labour and sexual exploitation was estimated at 20.9 million, up from 12.3 million in 2005 (ILO).


Human trafficking is the new slave trade – clandestine, highly lucrative – reducing human beings to disposable commodities, in total denial of their humanity. And it is on the rise: in 2012 the number of victims of forced labour and sexual exploitation was estimated at 20.9 million, up from 12.3 million in 2005 (ILO).
Typically victims are poor, hoping for a better life for their families, but human trafficking is not limited to one group or one type of exploitation. Anyone of any age, gend...


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