Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

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26 November 2021


Data show that trafficking in human beings (THB) for sexual exploitation continues to be the most prevalent form of trafficking. Moreover, women continue to constitute the great majority of victims identified in Europe. Much fewer trafficking victims are identified in agriculture, construction, hospitality, domestic work, or begging. This Policy Brief provides a statistical overview of the victims identified across the EU (2017-2018) and aims to assess why identification programmes struggle to identify and assist male victims and those facing exploitation outside the sex industry. The key question raised is whether identification efforts are biased towards trafficking for sexual exploitation and female victims.


Ludmila Bogdan, PhD, Harvard University, Associate of the Department of Sociology | This publication was produced in the framework of the ‘Prague Process: Dialogue, Analyses and Training in Action’ initiative, a component of the Migration Partnership Facility, with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the author and in no way represent the views of the European Union neither reflect the position of the organization to which the author belongs.