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Forced begging

Forced begging

GRETA publishes report on France

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has urged the French authorities to take a number of steps to improve the country’s fight against trafficking in human beings.

In its first report on human trafficking in France, GRETA called upon the authorities to launch a co-ordinated national anti-trafficking action plan as a matter of priority. The expert group also recommended that a nation-wide referral mechanism be set up to formally identify victims of trafficking and ensure that they are helped and protected.


Tribunal Correctionnel de Nivelles - Begging conviction

Country: Belgium

Court: Criminal Court of Nivelles

Sentence date: 25 January 2013

Purpose of exploitation: Forced begging

A Hungarian person residing in Slovakia had allegedly deceived some people in order to exploit them for begging. These people were highly impaired and in such a poor social or health condition that they had no alternative but tolerating this person’s mischief.