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    Trafficking in human Beings in the European Union: A Europol perspective

    Europol, 2009, 12 pages

    This fact-sheet gives a general overview of trafficking in human beings, with a specific focus upon the European Union.

    According to Europol, the scale and nature of trafficking in human beings in the EU is not easy to define. Criminal activity related to trafficking in human beings can be hidden within other criminality, such as forced prostitution, illegal immigration or labour disputes.  Also, the lack of standardised guidelines for data collection at EU level allows for significant gaps in numbers.

    The report finds that many positive steps have been taken by Member States to prevent and combat human trafficking in Europe. However, based on current reporting, intelligence, trends and patterns, it is unlikely that there will be any immediate reduction in the levels of victims in Europe. Europol estimates human trafficking will continue to have a major impact upon the EU and, with the current financial climate, it is highly likely that labour exploitation in Europe will rise.

    Note that the date of publication is indicative.

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