The European legal regime on trafficking in human beings

Authored by: Ryszard Piotrowicz

Routledge Handbook of Human Trafficking

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138892064
eBook ISBN: 9781315709352
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The law on THB in Europe co-exists with the Palermo Protocol but goes significantly further, both in terms of law enforcement and in victim protection and assistance. This chapter discusses the principal instruments on THB adopted by the Council of Europe and the European Union, the ‘hard law’, as it were. All EU Member States are parties to the Council of Europe Convention, and the two instruments are linked. Reference is made also to non-binding measures, including those adopted by the OSCE.

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