Trafficking for labour exploitation on the rise across Europe

Trafficking for labour exploitation is on the rise across Europe, according to a the latest report from the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA).

The report shows that the number of victims of trafficking that have been identified has increased in every European country.

In several countries, including Belgium, Cyprus, Georgia, Portugal, UK and Serbia, trafficking for labour exploitation has overtaken sexual exploitation as the main form of human trafficking.

The reports states that the most of the victims of labour exploitation were men, though women and children are also affected. Labour exploitation often occurs in industries such as, agriculture, fisheries, hospitality and construction.

The report highlights that migrant workers are particularly at risk of exploitation with recruitment via the internet and social media a growing trend.

The official statistics are thought to be an underestimation of the true scale of the problem and the report called on national authorities to improve their monitoring and data collection.

Read the full report here