05 April 2018
Last Updated: 05 April 2018
by Giacomo MANCA

The publication of the 7th General Report on the activities of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), covering the period from 1 January to 31 December 2017, have recently been published by the Council of Europe.

The study evidences that trafficking for labour exploitation is on the rise across Europe, and that in several countries, it has overtaken sexual exploitation as the main form of human trafficking. Official figures underestimate the true scale of the problem and there have been few successful prosecutions and convictions. Although the majority of victims are men, women and children result affected as well.

Men are often exploited in industries including agriculture, construction and fisheries, whereas women tend to be exploited in more isolated settings such as domestic or care work – where they are sometimes victims of both labour and sexual exploitation.
The report contains a thematic section on trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation, and is available on GRETA's website: http://www.coe.int/trafficking. Printed copies are available on request contacting the Council of Europe.

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