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Interview with CCME ExCom member Elena Timofticiuc on the 1st EU Forum on Labour Trafficking


From 17th to 19th October 2013, CCME organised the first EU Forum on labour trafficking in Vilnius. Read a few thoughts of Elena Timofticiuc, participant and CCME board member

Q: EU Forum on labour trafficking – this sounds very broad, so what was the forum about?

The forum mainly dealt with cases of bigger groups being trafficking for forced labour in countries across Europe. We heard about cases in which bigger groups, sometimes hundreds of persons are exploited like the ones of the tree worker, which were exploited in the Czech state forests...read more


Developing agreed methodology of identification  and referral for trafficking for labour exploitation: guaranteeing the victims the access to protection

Trafficking in human beings is an ever-increasing phenomenon all around the world. In the last decade, the acknowledgment of trafficking by the international community as a modern form of slavery and as one of the most cruel human rights violations has led to the development of several instruments and measures to combat this crime as well as to provide protection and assistance to its victims.

However, for many years, the debate and policies have mainly addressed issues concerning trafficking for …read more: English, French, ItalianRomanian, and Spanish.


Eradication of Trafficking in Human BeingsEradication of Trafficking in Human Beings

Civil society commentary on the EU strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings (COM (2012) 286 final)

As international civil society organisations and networks combatting trafficking in human beings, we are convinced of the crucial importance and necessity of the work of the European Union against trafficking.

We therefore take the occasion of the EU´s 6th anti-trafficking day to wholeheartedly welcome the new EU strategy on trafficking in Human Beings and its ambitious aim to eradicate trafficking – a vision we share.

In the following text, we would wish to offer a number of recommendations and observations to guide the implementation of the strategy over the.....read more


CCME and partners launch video spots on labour traffickingCCME and partners launch video spots on labour trafficking

Tens of thousands persons every year find themselves trafficked into forced labour in Europe, according to estimates in the EU Member States, with exploitation happening mainly in the areas of construction, agriculture or domestic services. Against this background, CCME and its partner’s organisations in four European countries have launched on 15 March 2012 a series of video spots, asking EU citizens to “open your eyes” and help in identifying trafficked persons. The video spot is part of the MIRROR project and can be accessed with the following link (English, Italian, Spanish and Romanian). 


Countering contemporary forms of slavery, trafficking in human beingsCountering contemporary forms of slavery, trafficking in human beings

Parallel to stricter immigration controls trafficking in human beings has become more visible in the past two decades as a new form of slavery. While joint efforts of authorities and non-governmental organisations and churches against this international crime have produced some results, trafficking for forced labour is still a rather unknown field. The human rights of trafficked persons are generally still insufficiently protected.


Therefore, priorities will be:

  1. Trafficking in women
  2. Trafficking for forced labour

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