TRACE (TRafficking as A Criminal Enterprise) is a two-year project funded by the EU, that will run between May 2014 and May 2016. Further information on the TRACE team can be found here.

The aim of the project is to support stakeholders in combating and disrupting human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery and one of the largest criminal enterprises in the world, by assessing and consolidating information surrounding the perpetrators and the wider trafficking enterprise.

TRACE adopts a multi-disciplinary approach: legal, criminological, socio-economical, psychological, and law enforcement-oriented, in order to provide a full account of the phenomenon, and build upon on-going European and national projects and activities. It focuses on the activities of the perpetrators by developing an understanding of the structure, social relationships, modus operandi, travel routes and technologies associated with different types of human trafficking.

The TRACE project includes a number of research activities, workshops and outreach efforts that will help to outline an intervention strategy based on policy recommendations for disrupting the trafficking chain. Project results will be made available on our documents page as and when they become available.


Most recently from the TRACE team:

  • TRACE publishes a blog piece on How to think of human trafficking as a criminal enterprise.
  • TRACE publishes a blog piece on victim’s right to compensation.
  • Last month, the TRACE project was represented by project partners Anna Donovan (Trilateral Research Ltd) and Suzanne Hoff (La Strada International) at the Chairperson’s Meeting on Human Trafficking in the Digital Age, hosted in the Hague by the Netherlands EU Presidency. They both participated in a panel discussion on human trafficking in the digital age, together with a representative from the Dutch Police. Anna presented on technology facilitated trafficking and findings from the TRACE project and Briefing Paper on the Role of the Technologies in Human Trafficking. Anna highlighted the importance of raising awareness of technology facilitated trafficking which is a method widely adopted by traffickers and will continue to be used by them to recruit and exploit victims, giving key examples of this use in her presentation. Suzanne provided practical and critical insight into the use of technologies for the prevention of human trafficking from the perspective of NGOs. During her presentation, Suzanne reminded MPs in the audience that: “Where technology can support us, we should make us of it, to reach out to larger groups, to inform about human trafficking, labour legislation and vulnerability for human trafficking. This can help to get more persons involved to address this crime and provide more information on the issue and to identify trafficked persons. However it should be ensured that technology is used with care and with concern for the impact on trafficked and other persons’ rights”.There is no escaping the fact that technology will continue to play a role in human trafficking – from facilitation of the crime, to prevention and combatting. A productive and informative discussion was had by all. Watch the video below for a recap of the day’s events.

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