Together Against Trafficking in Human Beings




Call for expression of interest to participate in the EU civil society platform against trafficking in human beings

On 31 May 2013, the Commission launched an EU Civil Society Platform against trafficking in human beings as an action of the EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016.

With the current Strategy coming to its completion, the Commission is launching a renewed Call for Expression of Interest to participate in the EU Civil Society Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings in order to respond to the request by numerous civil society actors to join these efforts as well as to affirm the interest of the current participants in the work conducted.

First Report on the progress made in the fight against trafficking in human beings

First Report on the progress made in the fight against trafficking in human beings (2016) as required under Article 20 of Directive 2011/36/EU on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims.

This is the first Commission report on trafficking in human beings since the adoption of the anti-trafficking Directive.

High Level Conference Marks Ninth EU Anti-Trafficking Day

On 20 October 2015, the European Commission in cooperation with the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union organised a high-level conference to mark the Ninth EU Anti-Trafficking Day.

The conference focused on the implementation of the ambitious EU legal and policy framework to address trafficking in human beings that is anchored in human rights, victims centred, gender-specific and child sensitive. 

Study on the gender dimension of trafficking in human beings


The purpose of this study is to contribute to the identification and understanding of what it means to be ‘taking into account the gender perspective, to strengthen the prevention of this crime and protection of the victims thereof’, as required in Article 1 of European Union (EU Directive 2011/36/EU on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Protecting its Victims in the context of the EU Strategy (COM(2012) 286 final) Towards the eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings.

Study on case-law on trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation


Aim of this study was to identify case law relating to THB for the purpose of labour exploitation in Member State and analyse Member State practice with respect to prosecution of this crime. 

The case-law analysis also provides an indication of how national legislation transposing Directive 2011/36/EU is applied, without prejudice to the Commission's work on monitoring the transposition of the Directive.

While the official reference period for the study is 2009-2013, some cases from 2014 and January 2015 are also considered. 


Directive 2011/36/EU

The European Commission welcomes the publication on 5 April 2011 of the new EU directive 2011/36/EU on prevention and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ L 101, 1 15.4.2011). The adoption follows a Commission Directive proposal last spring, with binding legislation to prevent trafficking, to effectively prosecute criminals, and to better protect the victims, in line with the highest European standards.