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Trafficking in Human Beings

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The Council Framework Decision on combating trafficking in human beings entered into force on 1 August 2002, and Member States had to implement it by 1 August 2004. Its aim is to contribute to the fight against and prevent of trafficking in human beings by complementing other instruments in this area. Article 1 defines the concept of trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour or sexual exploitation. The original proposal for a Framework Decision on trafficking contained two key offences. First, Member States had to criminalise "labour exploitation", where a person's "fundamental rights are suppressed" for the purpose of exploiting him or her in infringement of labour standards. The second requires Member States to criminalise trafficking of a person "where the purpose is to exploit him or her in prostitution or in pornographic performances or in production of pornographic material".

Keywords: human beings; trafficking



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