OSCE and Combating Human Trafficking
13 July 2015
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Image PlaceholderAt this year’s Alliance conference diplomats, government officials and leading experts from the field of combating human trafficking came together to explore a range of issues associated with trafficking along migration routes and in destination countries. The event put a spotlight on an increasingly urgent international issue with grave security implications for the OSCE and its neighbouring regions, allowing the Organization to stress its approach of preventing the crime, protecting the victims and prosecuting traffickers, as well as creating partnerships to increase collaboration in the struggle to end modern-day slavery.

In this issue of OSCE LINK, we invite you to learn more about the history of the Alliance conference and our ongoing work to combat trafficking in human beings. Our latest project is underway in Ukraine, where we are helping to build the capacity of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to recognize situations where this crime can occur.

Ambassador Madina Jarbussynova
Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings

Combating human trafficking along migration routes

There are an estimated one billion migrants globally, many of whom are at risk of being trafficked and exploited. They are easy targets for a global business of forced labour that generates an estimated $150 billion every year. Read More

15th Alliance against Trafficking in Persons conference

This year’s Alliance against Trafficking in Persons conference aimed to further enhance the coherence of international efforts when addressing human trafficking in the context of migration processes. Read More

Human trafficking in crises: raising awareness in Ukraine

Since the start of the crisis in and around Ukraine, more than 1.3 million people have been displaced, a human tragedy with widespread social and economic implications, as families and individuals are uprooted and impoverished. Read More

Do the Right Thing: Ethical Issues and the Fight against Human Trafficking

Ethical issues play a key role in the fight against human trafficking. Each person and organization must do their part to prevent human trafficking by doing the right thing. As human trafficking continues to grow as a threat to security, the OSCE works to promote innovative approaches to combat this threat in the 21st century. Read More

The OSCE Action Plan

Learn more about the OSCE's mandate to combat the scourge of modern-day slavery.

Supporting worldwide efforts

Human trafficking affects virtually all OSCE states, either as countries of origin or destination. This modern form of slavery is an affront to human dignity, often involving psychological terror and physical violence. Human trafficking engages issues of human rights and rule of law, of law enforcement and crime control, of inequality and discrimination, of corruption, economic deprivation and migration. Learn More

Daily updates from the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

To get a better understanding of the situation on the ground in Ukraine, read the daily updates provided for the public and the media by the teams of special monitors. Read More

Reports from the Observer Mission at the Russian Checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk

Read weekly first-hand information from the team of OSCE observers on the situation at the border checkpoints. Learn More

Background: OSCE engagement with Ukraine

Learn more about OSCE responses to the crisis in and around Ukraine, ranging from high-level diplomacy and multilateral dialogue, addressing concerns over fundamental freedoms, human rights, through to monitoring, fact-finding and military visits. Learn More
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