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  • Capacity building to Combat the Forced Labour Outcomes of Human Trafficking




    International Labour Office (ILO)


    € 230 000 (€ 110 000 of EU support)


    September 2004 — December 2006


    International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD); Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), UK, Association for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), Germany, Poland, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine.

    Objectives and results

    The project made a contribution to the prevention and progressive elimination of human trafficking for the purposes of forced labour and sexual exploitation. Its main focus was on administrative controls to detect forced labour. The cover activities of private recruitment agencies were explored, especially regarding travel, mailorder bride, model and other agencies — part of the modus operandi of the trafficking criminals.

    The three main components of the project were:

    1. Help law enforcement officials from countries of origin and destination to better understand the forced labour outcomes of human trafficking
    2. Incorporate in national training curricula the ILO training module on monitoring private recruitment agencies
    3. Encourage private recruitment agencies and their business associations to adopt self-regulation mechanisms.

    The project was intended to help EU Member States fulfil their obligation to implement the provisions of the Palermo Protocol and to help the EU harmonise its anti-trafficking response on this issue.

    Publications and other resources

    • Website
    • Publication of reports and a translation of the ILO manual in English, German, Romanian, Ukrainian, Polish, and Portuguese.

     Further information

    Overkaemping Sabine, ILO -