On October 18th is the European Day against Trafficking in Human Beings. Every year around this day, events throughout Switzerland aim to raise awareness of human trafficking. Switzerland is both destination and transit country for victims of human trafficking. Because the crimes are usually committed in the background, education and awareness-raising are central to the fight against human trafficking.
Human trafficking, according to the internationally agreed definition (Palermo Protocol 2000, Art 3; Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, Art 4) means “the trafficking of persons through the use of illicit means for the purpose of sexual exploitation, the exploitation of labor, or for the purpose of removing any body organs”. Switzerland has incorporated this definition into national legislation (Swiss Criminal Code, Art. 182).