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Throughout the project the consortium will host a series of workshops relating to its efforts. Further details on the events will be made available on this page as and when details become available. For updates, please follow us on Twitter and/or sign up to our mailing list.

TRACE final conference: Understanding the business of human trafficking

28 April 2016 – Brussels 

The TRACE Final Conference focused on Understanding the business of human trafficking. During the one day conference, the TRACE partners presented their findings on the business of human trafficking. These findings are intended to support policy makers, civil society organisations, law enforcement persons in their current and future work and inspire further discussions and research. The conference was made up for four panels:

Panel 1: The environment of the trafficking business
Panel 2: Understanding the traffickers
Panel 3: Technology and human trafficking
Panel 4: Challenges in human trafficking 

Date: 28th April 2016
Venue: Federal Public Service of Justice, 115 Boulevard de Waterloo, Brussels
Time: 9.30 – 16.30

The conference programme can be found here.



TRACE workshop ”Policy Implications of Future Trends in Human Trafficking”

29 February 2016 – Stockholm, Sweden

The Council of the Baltic Sea States Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings (CBSS TF-THB) in cooperation with the project partners are organising a workshop “Policy Implications of Future Trends in Human Trafficking”.

 The agenda of the meeting is available here.  For practical information click here. 

The workshop aims to serve as a platform for knowledge exchange by analysing future trends in human trafficking and discussing their implications on human trafficking policies.

The event will gather government officials, representatives of non–governmental and international organisations, national coordinators and rapporteurs, law enforcement, social services and other stakeholders from the EU Member States who work with human trafficking issues at an operative as well as a strategic level.

The TRACE-project has identified some emerging issues of concern, which are likely to impact the development and implementation of European anti-trafficking policies and laws. There is growing evidence that traffickers exploit victims for begging and for criminal activities such as organised property crime (e.g. shoplifting, pickpocketing, ATM thefts, burglaries etc.), drug production and distribution as well as for benefit or identity fraud and forced or sham marriages.

Moreover, unprecedented increase in the number of migrants and refugees attempting to enter Europe in 2015 poses great challenges to state authorities in terms of both human rights protection and increasing criminal activity. This dramatic situation with hundreds of thousands of people, including large numbers of women and children, seeking every opportunity to enter the EU and being stranded in border areas, increases the risk of abuse, exploitation and trafficking, especially among vulnerable groups.

However, there are some innovative tools and promising approaches that different Member States, authorities, actors and NGOs have taken to address trafficking in person and to prevent different forms of trafficking. Ideally, targeted prevention measures should address these emerging issues, including by establishing outreach services with mobile units and cultural mediators to work with vulnerable populations, referring them to support, and promoting reintegration.

The workshop will address these issues in panel discussions focusing on the following three topics:

  • New and emerging forms of trafficking in human beings (e.g. forced criminality, forced begging, forced and sham marriages)
  • Migrant crisis and its impact on human trafficking situation
  • Innovative tools and approaches to prevent trafficking in human beings

We look forward to seeing you there! Should you have any questions please contact Anniina Jokinen:


Telephone: +46 8 440 1923


20 November 2015 – Sofia, Bulgaria

The TRACE consortium, as well as experts from a broad range of fields (e.g., law enforcement officials, NGOs, policy-makers and academics), will gather in Sofia, Bulgaria to discuss human trafficking relation to other criminal industries and socio-economic factors, in view of forecasting future trends.

The workshop will discuss the research findings from the TRACE project, focusing on three key areas:

  • How social, economics and politics have shaped the human trafficking industry in Europe
  • How changes in the international criminal industry have impacted on the human trafficking industry
  • Formulating forecasts of possible future trends in human trafficking that will assist stakeholders in disrupting human trafficking across Europe

During the workshop the TRACE partners will present their findings on research conducted as part of Work Package 5: Trafficking as a global phenomenon: political and socio economic aspects. The TRACE Partners will also invite stakeholders to provide feedback on the research in order to generate consensus around current and future trends in human trafficking.

A copy of the draft agenda can be found here.

To apply to attend, please complete the following form.


TRACE workshop: The role of technology in human trafficking

29 September 2015 – Tilburg, The Netherlands

The workshop will bring together lessons learnt from the work conducted, focusing on the following elements:

  • How technology can play a role in facilitating human trafficking
  • How technology can be seen to contribute to preventing & combatting human trafficking.
  • Future trends in technology and how they may play a role in facilitating, preventing and combatting human trafficking
  • Who are the traffickers

During the workshop the TRACE partners will present their findings on research and will invite feedback from those participating in the workshop in order to discuss the findings. In addition, partners will present findings from a study of the traffickers completed during the project. There will also be a presentation by representatives from the EPOOLICE project; the title of this is “Environmental scanning to fight Organised Crime – Trafficking in Human Being case.” Fore more information on EPOOLICE click here.

A copy of the agenda can be found here and practical information (travel / accommodation) is contained here.

To apply to attend, please complete the following form.


TRACE workshop: The traffickers

10 June 2015 – Brussels, Belgium

The TRACE project hosted a workshop, by invitation, to better understand the traffickers.

The TRACE consortium as well as experts from a broad range of fields gathered in Brussels, Belgium to discuss the trafficking industry in direct relation to traffickers. The discussions focused on two key areas:

  • profiling the traffickers to identify their personal characteristics to consider why/how they become traffickers, and how they are situated within criminal networks;
  • formulating recommendations for law enforcement agencies, policy-makers and civil society organisations that will assist them in intervening in the cycle of human trafficking.

During the workshop the TRACE partners presented their findings on research from the above themes.

Copies of presentations can be found here.


TRACE workshop: The act of human trafficking

2 February 2015 – Nicosia, Cyprus

The workshop brought together lessons learnt from the TRACE Work Package 2 report, which focuses on three key themes:

  • The geographical routes of the human trafficking industry
  • The modus operandi utilised by human traffickers
  • Trafficker responses to law enforcement policies

During the workshop the TRACE partners presented their findings on research from the above three themes as well as guest talks to share findings in this collaborative space. A copy of the agenda can be found here.

Copies of presentations can be found here.


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