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Title: CBSS Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings with focus on adults


1
  • CBSS - Task Force against Trafficking in Human
    Beings with focus on adults

2
What is the Council of the Baltic Sea States
(CBSS)?
The Council of the Baltic Sea States is an
international regional organisation focusing on
intensified cooperation among the Baltic Sea
States.The aim of the regional political forum
is to achieve a greater unity between the CBSS
member states and other partners by means of
favourable and equitable economic development and
secure democracy.
3
The Council has 12 members
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Sweden
  • The European Commission

4
The CBSS is serviced by a Secretariat
  • The Secretariat houses a number of expert groups
    and units of which the CBSS Expert Task-Force
    against Trafficking in Human Beings (TF-THB)
    focusing on adults is one
  • Working Group on Children at Risk
  • The TF-THB has been located in the Secretariat
    since summer 2006

5
The CBSS - Task Force against Trafficking in
Human Beings with focus on adults (TF-THB)
  • At the 6th Baltic Sea States Summit in Reykjavik
    on 8 June 2006, the Heads of Government welcomed
    the initiative and the consideration within the
    CBSS to integrate the successful work of the
    Nordic Baltic Task Force against Trafficking in
    Human Beings into the CBSS framework, with the
    objective of fostering actions and enhancing
    cooperation to combat such trafficking in the
    Baltic Sea Region and its near vicinity.
  • In contrast to the Nordic Baltic Task Force
    against Trafficking in Human Beings, the TF-THB
    provides an encircled regional area by including
    Germany, Poland and Russia into the network

6
Trafficking in the Baltic Sea Region (1)
  • A worldwide problem- variations with
    respect to (sub)regions and countries of origin,
    transit and destination
  • Trafficking in human beings is a serious problem
    affecting the Baltic Sea Region in different
    ways and is constantly changing

Grey main destination Purple main
origin Red both origin and
destination
7
Trafficking in the Baltic Sea Region (2)
  • Destination / Transit Denmark, Finland, Iceland,
    Norway and Sweden
  • Main Destination / Main Transit Germany
  • Origin / Main Destination / Main Transit Poland
  • Main Origin / Destination / Transit Estonia,
    Latvia, Lithuania and Russia
  • BUT...

8
Trafficking in the Baltic Sea Region (3)
  • ...trafficking in human beings in the Baltic Sea
    Region
  • is subject to constant changes, e.g.
  • ?whereas Poland mainly used to be a country of
    origin in the beginning / middle of the 90s, due
    to economic changes and membership in the EU it
    is nowadays also a country of destination and
    transit
  • ?whereas Russia mainly used to be a country of
    origin of victims of trafficking in human beings
    for sexual exploitation, nowadays its number in
    victims of trafficking for forced labour are on
    the rise. Furthermore, it is also a country of
    destination for trafficking for various forms of
    exploitation.

9
Trafficking in the Baltic Sea Region (4)
  • Most of the countries in the Baltic Sea Region
    are also affected by internal trafficking
  • Target the regional situation and variations
    through enhanced regional cooperation between
    state actors and non state actors

10
TF-THB Overall objective
  • The CBSS TF-THB strives to counteract trafficking
    in human beings in the Baltic Sea Region and its
    near vicinity through preventive and protective
    activities
  • The emphasis is on practical hands on work
  • Mandated to fight human trafficking for all forms
    of exploitation
  • The Council of Europe Convention on Action
    against Trafficking in Human Beings, (ETS nr 197,
    2005) serves as a point of departure for all
    efforts and proposals

11
The CBSS - Task Force against Trafficking in
Human Beings with focus on adults (TF-THB)
  • The TF-THB with focus on adults within the CBSS
    framework is the only intergovernmental forum of
    its kind in Europe dealing with trafficking in
    human beings in this way.
  • By bringing together EU and non EU Member States,
    which are all differently affected by trafficking
    in human beings and constantly exchanging
    expertise with international and nongovernmental
    organisations, the TF-THB constitutes a unique
    entity in Europe.

12
The CBSS- Task Force against Trafficking in Human
Beings with focus on adults (TF-THB)
  • The TF-THB is currently composed of 24 experts
    from relevant ministries of the 11 member states
    in the region, including the EU Commission
  • The Chair function rotates among the Member
    States on an annual basis following the CBSS
    Presidency (from July 1 to June 30)
  • There are around three to four meetings yearly in
    order to achieve concrete results
  • Decisions are taken by consensus by the Task
    Force Experts
  • The TF-THB is being provided with a Secretary
    Function, a Senior Adviser at the CBSS
    Secretariat (seconded by Sweden)

13
TF-THB Strategy 2008-2009
  • The TF-THB will receive funds from The Swedish
    National Action Plan Against Prostitution and
    Human Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation for
    its preventive work in the Baltic Sea Region for
    the years 2008 to 2010

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TF-THB Strategy 2008-2009
  • Trainings on human trafficking for diplomatic and
    consular personnel
  • Joint Project with the United Nations Office on
    Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on fostering Cooperation
    Models between NGOs and State Actors
  • Regional Information Campaign against Trafficking
    in Human Beings
  • Improved Data Collection and Support to Research
    on Human Trafficking in the Region
  • Comparative Regional Legal Analysis on Human
    Trafficking

15
TF-THB Other Activities
  • Closer corporation with the Nordic Council of
    Ministers
  • Launching the results of the Nordic-Baltic
    Network project
  • Coordination with other important actors in the
    region as well as the EU Commissioners Office on
    Justice, Freedom and Security
  • Swedish EU Presidency 2009

16
Recommendations
  • Interdependence Cooperation and increased
    coordination of activities to join forces and
    avoid duplication
  • Self-reflection
  • Knowledge- Trainings, research on all forms of
    human trafficking
  • Victim support- Increased resources and evaluate
    the current models
  • Tackle the demand that induces trafficking in
    human beings for various forms of exploitation

17
Contact details
  • Anna Ekstedt - Senior Adviser
  • Secretary to the CBSS Task Force against
    Trafficking in Human Beings
  • Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat
  • P.O. Box 2010
  • SE -103 11 Stockholm
  • t/f 46 8 440 1934/1944
  • m 46 705 11 48 64
  • e anna.ekstedt_at_cbss.org
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