Sign-up for UPDATES

 
 RACE in Europe Project

‘RACE in Europe’ Project

European Initiative to Improve Response Against Trafficking for forced Criminal Exploitation

Children and adults are trafficked across Europe and forced to beg in towns and cities and made to commit crimes such as pickpocketing, ATM theft, metal theft and cannabis cultivation by their traffickers. Trafficking for forced criminal activities and forced begging are increasingly significant phenomena, but have only recently been formally recognised in the EU Directive 2011/36.

Although both national and international legislation provides for the non-punishment and non-prosecution of victims, those trafficked are often treated as criminals. Many end up being prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned for crimes they have been forced to commit, while their traffickers enjoy impunity.

The ‘RACE in Europe’ project is a two-year initiative by Anti-Slavery International and its partners to improve knowledge about the nature and scale of trafficking of children and adults for forced criminal exploitation and forced begging across Europe.

We are undertaking exploratory research to assess the scale of human trafficking for forced criminal exploitation and forced begging in Europe. Practitioners from across Europe will be trained to help them identify and protect the rights of the victims of this crime.

Our aims are to:
  • Enhance knowledge and awareness amongst law enforcement, policy makers, service providers, legislators, the media and civil society of human trafficking for forced criminal activities and forced begging in Europe
  • Train practitioners in three European sub-regions on intervention in cases of forced criminal activities and begging
  • Build cross-EU links and strengthen partnerships amongst relevant stakeholders

New report

Trafficking for Forced Criminal Activities and Begging in Europe

RACE in Europe Project lead by Anti-Slavery International produced a report entitled simply ‘Trafficking for Forced Criminal Activities and Begging in Europe’, which analysis the phenomenon of trafficking into crime such as cannabis cultivation, ATM theft, pickpocketing, bag-snatching, counterfeit DVD selling, benefit fraud and forced sham marriage, as well as being forced to beg. The report explores the situation in the project partner countries (Ireland, the UK, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands) and provides an overview of the rest of Europe.

It exposes the dearth of systematic information and awareness about this type of exploitation amongst the policy makers and justice system actors with very few cases reported in official statistics and many victims misidentified as offenders.

Read press release on the report

Three years on: updated analysis of UK measures to protect trafficked persons 

     

Trafficking for Forced Criminal Activities and Begging in Europe.


Full Report
Executive Summary


European states fail to protect thousands of people trafficked and forced into crime, a new study by the RACE in Europe Project lead by Anti-Slavery International claims. The report, entitled simply ‘Trafficking for Forced Criminal Activities and Begging in Europe’ analyses the phenomenon of trafficking into crime such as cannabis cultivation, ATM theft, pickpocketing, bag-snatching, counterfeit DVD selling, benefit fraud and forced sham marriage, as well as being forced to beg. It explores the situation in the project partner countries (Ireland, the UK, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands) and provides an overview of the rest of Europe.

You can read a brief press release on the report or download the whole report: Trafficking for Forced Criminal Activities and Begging in Europe (1214.00KB.

Earlier report:
The project published the first part of the research on forced criminal exploitation focused on the UK. You can read a brief press release on the this part of the research and download the chapter in PDF format: Criminal or victim - Uk Chapter (197.65KB.
Our project partners include:
For more information on the RACE in Europe project, please contact Vicky Brotherton at v.brotherton@antislavery.org

find out more:

Other Resources:    

HELP US END SLAVERY:

Campaign with usDonate to  Anti-Slavery

SHARE THIS PAGE:

HELP US END SLAVERY:

Campaign with us

Donate to  Anti-Slavery

  portrait of Louisiana"They made me water cannabis plants to pay off the debt." Read Hai's story


portrait of Jiera  

"I was trafficked  from my home country Lithuania when I was 17." Read Jira's story ©Karen Robinson/Panos Pictures


Victims of trafficking treaded as criminals

Victims of trafficking are often treated as criminals
Credit: Lorena Ros