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  • Putting Rantsev into Practice - Strengthening multidisciplinary operational cooperation to fight trafficking in human beings




    Ministry of Security and Justice, Netherlands

    Approximate Budget

    270.000 €


    2012 – 2013 (12 months)


    Ministry of Interior and Administration, Poland; Ministry of Interior, Cyprus

    Objectives and results

    The overall objectives of this project are to stimulate the implementation of Member States' obligations as identified in the Rantsev decision. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in the case Rantsev v. Cyprus and Russia that the States have an obligation to develop a comprehensive approach to trafficking, including prevention, protection of victims, investigation, sanction of traffickers and international cooperation.

    The project is based on the Dutch experience of the so-called barrier model which looks at trafficking as a business model, with different barriers to be overcome by a trafficker to start making money. These barriers are: entry, identity, housing, work and financial situation. For instance, in some Member States, local governments may detect Trafficking in Human Beings through their housing inspectors.

    To implement this methodology and achieve the global objective, the project aims at sharing the latest knowledge, best practices and innovative approaches regarding multidisciplinary cooperation against Trafficking in Human Beings, especially among national and local authorities such as border guards, immigration offices and local governments.

    A conference and a booklet are foreseen as tangible outputs of the project.

    More than 200 public prosecutors, police officers, border guards, immigration officers, labour inspectors and investigators, local governments and national authorities are expected to take part in the project.

    Further information

    Ms Heynens Johanna, policy officer -