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KOK and LSI welcome the presentation of the statistics on trafficking in human beings by the European Commission and  support the endeavour to raise the knowledge on the scope and nature of human trafficking in Europe by collecting comparable data in EU Member States and Third Countries. It is important to notice that data collection procedures in Member States and by intergovernmental organisations should aim at securing  the privacy of trafficked persons by design.

The EU Directive 2011/36/EU requires the Member States to set up National Rapporteurs or equivalent mechanisms for providing quantitative and qualitative information about the scope  and nature of human  trafficking. Member States are also obliged to do so in collaboration with civil society actors. For this reason, an exact and transparent delineation of the cooperation between the data collection authorities and anti-trafficking NGOs is important. Their respective mandate and tasks should take into account the right to privacy for trafficked persons as a central principle.

KOK e.V., German NGO network against trafficking in women and violence against migrant women, launched together with La Strada International,  a joint project on data protection in anti-trafficking responses. The aim of datACT ( is to promote the rights of trafficked persons to privacy and autonomy and to protect their personal data. The timeframe of datCT is from November 2012 to October 2014.

“DatACT develops standards – in close consultation with the relevant stakeholders – for counsellors in order to maintain their obligation to confidentiality and to inform trafficked persons about procedures to control their personal data at all stages of support programmes in countries of origin and destination” states Bärbel Heide Uhl, project coordinator datACT.

Suzanne Hoff, International Coordinator at La Strada International, underlines the importance of better data on human trafficking but also stresses that data collection and data sharing should always ensure that no personal data of trafficked persons is shared and that their data is fully protected and never provided to third parties without their consent.  datACT is set up to support NGO counselling centres in selected European countries to protect the confidentiality between the counsellor and trafficked persons, by raising awareness and building capacity how to provide safe and anonymised data to European data collection procedures.

For more information on the DATact project:

Baerbel Heide Uhl

Project Coordinator


Marieke van Doorninck

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