Combatting modern slavery and trafficking in human beings: an ongoing struggle

Web conference

16 June, 14:00-15:00 CET

Modern slavery and traficking in human beings continues to be a major human rights violation and concern of European and International actors, with 5.4 victims per every 1,000 individuals in the world according to the International Labour Organization. The trafficking of human beings can take multiple forms, including prostitution, forced labour and services, slavery, and the removal of organs. These occurrences are often hidden in plain sight, happening in places such as massage parlours, restaurants, and nail salons, where individuals participate in the local economy without awareness of the illegal practices and human rights abuses that take place. Campaigns to raise awareness of modern slavery and traficking in human beings as well as local policies to undermine traficking organisations and protect victims are an important step to ensuring basic human rights and ending these practices and creating a healthy society.

  • What enables criminal groups to continue practicing modern slavery and traficking in human beings? How do these groups take advantage of the legal economy to reinforce their activities?
  • How can European cities effectivelty combat modern slavery and traficking in human beings? What are the identified challenges to local approaches to combating these occurrences?  
  • What measures can be put into place to best protect victims of these practices and the communities in which they are present? How can local communities be empowered to detect and report situations of trafficking?

This event is organised as part of a series of web conferences on the local roots and impacts of organsied crime. Learn more