The slave trade was abolished two centuries ago, but slavery is not yet history. One of its modern manifestations is trafficking in person.
Article 3 of the international Palermo Protocol (Annex II of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime) defines “Trafficking in person” as: “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.”
The Protocol continues explaining that “Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or others forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”
In December 2014, the phenomenon of Human Trafficking has been declared as a “crime against humanity” by the joint ecumenical declaration against modern slavery in which we read also “In the eyes of God each human being is a free person, whether girl, boy, woman or man, and is destined to exist for the good of all in equality and fraternity”.
In order to affirm and defend the equal dignity of every person, APG23  works for the eradication of this “crime against humanity”.
Taking into account its experience in the field whith women trafficked for sexual exploitation and reduced to slaves without any dignity as commodities for the market, APG23 advocates and networks to fight against the use of every person at all levels.


41st session of the Human Rights Council (24 June - 12 July 2019)

  • The importance of social inclusion for survivors of trafficking - Written statement and Oral statement submitted by APG23 about the thematic report on "Social Inclusion of Survivors of Trafficking" of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, 

39th session of the Human Rights Council (10 - 28 September 2018)

  • Oral statement presented by Apg23 at the Cluster Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences and the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order.

15/11/2018 - Call for contribution: Thematic report on innovative and transformative models of social inclusion for victims of Trafficking - Submission from APG23 to the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children.

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  • Oral statement about the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences

29th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council - June 2015

  • Human trafficking as crime against humanitywritten statement and joint oral statement submitted by Apg23 and other NGO's about the Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Human Trafficking

26th regular session of the Human Rights  - Geneva, 10-27 June 2014


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