Together Against Trafficking in Human Beings

Germany - 4. EU AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

Germany - 4. EU AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

Germany strives to base anti-trafficking efforts on the provisions enshrined in the Palermo Protocol in order to avoid duplication of measures and use a single agreed definition of the crime. Germany has signed numerous bilateral treaties in the area of organized crime with countries of origin, transit and destination of trafficking in persons, which as a rule include joint measures to combat trafficking in human beings.

German police liaison officers are deployed in every important country of origin for human trafficking victims and perpetrators, to ensure fast and comprehensive information sharing

In certain third countries, such as Russia and Ukraine, the Federal Criminal Police Office has carried out training and given presentations on combating human trafficking. On the operational level, regular meetings are held with representatives from Belarus.

A member of the Federal Working Group against Trafficking in Women represents Germany in the Council of the Baltic Sea States Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings (CBSS-TF-THB) which focuses on trafficking in adults. Within the CBSS the Working Group on Children at Risk covers the area of child trafficking, where Germany is represented by an advisor from the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

 

Future plans in terms of implementations of the directive 2011/39/EU

"Full transposition of Directive 2011/36/EU on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims in German criminal law is still pending. In particular, the relevant criminal provisions must be extended to include human trafficking for the exploitation of criminal acts and begging. Human trafficking for the purposes of organ trading is also to be incorporated explicitly into the German Criminal Code. The Act to Combat Human Trafficking and Monitor Brothels (Gesetz zur Bekämpfung des Menschenhandels und Überwachung von Prostitutionsstätten), adopted by the German Bundestag on 28 June 2013 and designed to accommodate this need for a legislative response, can no longer enter into force because of the Bundesrat's convening of the Mediation Committee and the end of the parliamentary term. Full transposition of this Regulation is therefore reserved for the 18th legislative term."