OSCE Ministerial Council to strengthen efforts to prevent trafficking in human beings and combat all forms of child trafficking

The OSCE Ministerial Council decided by consensus on 8 December 2017 in Vienna to strengthen its efforts to prevent human trafficking. The decision extends the OSCE’s obligations to prevent and combat human trafficking, supplementing in particular the OSCE Action Plan of 2003 and the addenda of 2005 and 2013. It confirms the political will of the participating states to put an end to this extremely lucrative crime, to bring the perpetrators to justice, and to provide the victims with appropriate support. Closer international and regional co-operation at various levels and the active participation of the private sector should help in attaining this goal. One positive aspect is the reference to combating human trafficking in the supplier chain, an area in which the OSCE has been increasingly active since 2016.

The Ministerial Council also agreed to step up efforts to combat child trafficking and sexual exploitation. The wording of this decision is based on a proposal by the USA, Belarus and Italy, a proposal that has been put forward several times in the last few years. The decision primarily concerns combating and preventing child pornography, the sexual exploitation of children in the tourist industry and on the internet, and child trafficking in general.

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