Posted: 25th April, 2013


The first report on trafficking in

human beings in Europe was

published this month by the

European Commission. It

highlighted that 23,632 people were

identified or presumed victims of

trafficking in the EU over the 2008-

2010 period.

Click here to read the report

Some of the main findings of the report are as follows;

  • The vast majority of all victims of trafficking (80 %) are female, and 20 % of the victims are male.
  • The percentage of child victims of trafficking in human beings is close to 15 %
  • The number of people being trafficked in and to the EU increased by 18% from 2008 to 2010
  • Only 6 out of the 27 EU Member States have fully transposed the EU Anti-Trafficking Directive into their national legislation, with the deadline having expired on 6 April.
  • The majority of the identified and presumed victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation (62%).
  • Most victims detected in EU Member States are citizens from Romania and Bulgaria.
  • Most victims having citizenship outside of the EU Member States are from Nigeria and China.
  • The total number of convictions for trafficking in human beings decreased by 13% from 2008 to 2010


A document for victims and practitioners provides an overview of rights based on EU legisation which was also recently published and should guide member states in not only reaching minimum standards outlined at EU level but should encourage them to go beyond them.  Read it here