Konvention des Europarats zur Bekämpfung des Menschenhandels - Rechte der Opfer (2014)
Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings - Victims' Rights
Trafficking in human beings violates the rights and affects the lives of countless people in Europe and beyond. An increasing number of women, men and children are being traded as a commodity, across borders or in their own countries, and trapped into exploitation and abuse.
The main added value of the convention is its focus on human rights and the protection of victims. The convention defines rafficking as a violation of human rights and an offence to the dignity and integrity of the human being. This means that the national authorities are held responsible if they do not take action to prevent human trafficking, protect victims and effectively investigate trafficking cases.