Together Against Trafficking in Human Beings

Development of guidelines for the collection of data on trafficking in human beings

Development of guidelines for the collection of data on trafficking in human beings




Federal Ministry of Interior, Austria


€ 403 000 (€ 269 000 of EU support)


November 2007 to April 2009


International Organization for Migration (IOM), Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Sweden, Europol and theInternational Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)

Objectives and results

The project helped implement the EU Action plan on best practice, standards and procedures for preventing and combating trafficking (THB). It aimed at developing a set of guidelines, standards and comparable indicators for THB data collection.

Five expert meetings were held before the final Ministerial Conference, held on 23-24 February 2009 in Vienna and attended by representatives and experts from the 27 Member States and from around 40 non-EU countries. The main target groups related to policy makers, judicial and law enforcement authorities, NGOs, international organisations and researchers.

One of the conclusions was that EU Member States need minimum legal and referral standards — such as legal definitions and an identification mechanism. The experts determined what should be exchanged regarding victims, traffickers and the process itself. To develop a harmonised and comparable approach, they elaborated a comprehensive set of guidelines for the collection, exchange, analysis and protection of data on trafficking in human beings.

Publications and other resources

  • Report of nearly 100 pages on all the five expert meetings (a)
  • Guidelines for the collection of data on trafficking in human beings, including comparable indicators (146 pages), attached below.

Further information

Günther SABLATTNIG, Austrian Federal Ministry of Interior -

Eurídice MÁRQUEZ, International Organization for Migration –

Publication Date
Thursday, 30 April, 2009
Section EU Projects
Type of Publication Data collection Guidelines
Programme ISEC
Year 2009