Central and South Eastern Europe is predominantly reported to be an origin sub-region with victims trafficked to, and exploited in Western Europe. A number of sources also refer to states in Central and South Eastern Europe as destination countries for victims from the sub-region, indicating that intra-regional human trafficking is a problem.

To a lesser extent, Central and South Eastern Europe is reported as a destination sub-region, with victims trafficked mainly from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). It is also reported to be a main transit sub-region.

Western Europe is mainly a destination sub-region. Victims trafficked here mainly originate from Central and South Eastern Europe countries followed by the CIS, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.



What? Trafficking in Human Beings in the Black Sea Region

Where? Turkey

When? 9-10 October 2007

Who? Government representatives, international organizations and NGOs such as the Eurasian Economic Community, the European Commission, Europol, ILO, IOM, OSCE, UNHCR, La Strada, ICMPD and UNODC.

Why? To identify ways to further improve international cooperation, including between law enforcement and NGOs for referral of trafficking victims, data collection and information management.

Press release

Chair's Summary (PDF)



What? Preventing Trafficking in Human Beings: Challenges and Solutions

Where? Lithuania

When? 25, 26 October 2007

Who? High-level governmental officials, national experts, journalists and editors, professors, researchers and private sector representatives.

Why? To emphasize the role of the media in preventing modern slavery and to encourage other non-traditional stakeholders - the business community and educational institutions - to join efforts to create a better and safer social environment for men, women and children in their countries.

Event website

Press Release

Technical Note (PDF)