2011 | Nerea Bilbatua Thomas, Xenia Commandeur

This working paper explores the scope of what is often referred to as ‘trafficking for labour exploitation’, with a focus on Europe. It specifically looks at issues of identification and the assistance scenario for persons trafficked into sectors outside the sex-industry. We discuss the benefits and challenges of the legal avenues available to them and to service providers, and analyse how existing case law can be used to advance the rights of trafficked persons. Throughout, the analysis makes extensive use of on-the-ground experiences and voices of trafficked persons and service providers. By doing so, it fills a gap in existing research on the topic.