European Network Against Trafficking in Human Beings

About trafficking

One Story, Two Outcomes

Under international law victims of human trafficking have important rights. These rights help them to recover from their experience of being trafficked. It gives them a chance to rebuild their lives. Unfortunately, all over Europe trafficked people's rights are often not respected, leaving them vulnerable to re-trafficking.

For this reason the La Strada International NGO Platform - United against human trafficking in Europe - has launched a campaign to urge governments to fully implement anti-trafficking legislation on the ground.

Our campaign “One Story, Two Outcomes” tells the story of Anna, a woman who finds herself lured abroad and then ruthlessly exploited by her employers. What happens to her illustrates what it means for an individual if rights are not respected, and what happens when they are.


The rights of trafficked people in Europe

The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings is ratified by almost all countries in Europe. In 2011 the EU countries adopted the Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims.
According to these legal frameworks people who have been trafficked have the following rights:

  • Access to shelter and basic support
  • Time to reflect before testifying
  • Access to free legal aid
  • Temporary residence
  • Financial compensation for unpaid wages
  • Not to be punished for crimes committed as a result of being trafficked

LSI NGO Platform, united against human trafficking in Europe, consists of: Gender Perspectives (Belarus), Animus Association (Bulgaria), La Strada Czech Republic, Open Gate (Macedonia), La Strada Moldova, CoMensha (The Netherlands), La Strada Poland, La Strada Ukraine, Association of Young Azerbaijani Friends of Europe, Anti-Slavery International (UK), ASTRA - Anti-Trafficking Action (Serbia), Hope Now (Denmark), KOK (Germany), Lefö (Austria), Living for Tomorrow (Estonia), Missing Persons' Families Support Centre (Lithuania), Novi Put (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Pag-Asa (Belgium), PICUM (Belgium), Proyecto Esperanza (Spain).

Participating NGOs

 
 

European Commision
This campaign is supported financially by
Daphne III programme of the European Union.

Latest news

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Today, on EU Anti-Trafficking Day 2016, we call on European governments to implement ten action points to improve access to justice and compensation for trafficked persons. 

Statement on Amnesty International policy on sex workers rights

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Tackling human trafficking at the roots

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LSI Statement on EU Ant-Trafficking Day

On the ninth EU Anti-Trafficking Day, La Strada International calls for improved labour protection for all (migrant) workers and increased identification of trafficked persons in all sectors of the economy.