OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Vienna 

The OSCE has played an active role in combating trafficking in human beings since the 1990s. Its work is based on a three-pronged approach that include prevention, prosecution, and protection of victims.

The organization works closely with its 56 participating States to ensure co-ordination across all three dimensions, as well as to stress the importance of combating all forms of trafficking in human beings - in countries of origin, transit and destination - at the highest political levels.

Case example from OSCE

The Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons is a broad international forum set up by OSCE to combine the prevention and anti-trafficking efforts of all relevant actors. The spirit of the Alliance is to develop effective joint strategies, combine efforts of relevant stakeholders in setting a common agenda, and to provide the OSCE participating States, and other partners, with common approaches and decision-making aids.

Participants in the Alliance include national authorities as well as inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. They contribute expertise and specialized knowledge to develop effective anti-trafficking legal, social and economic strategies.

The high-level conferences and expert meetings held since 2004 under the auspices of the Alliance, have contributed to a greater understanding of human trafficking-related issues.

As an advocacy tool, the Alliance Expert Coordination Team in 2005 provided concrete recommendations prior to the elaboration of the EU Plan on Best Practices, Standards and Procedures for Combating and Preventing Trafficking in Human Beings.

  Eva Biaudet, the OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Human Trafficking, said that although the OSCE's 56 participating States are very diverse, they all share a common problem - human trafficking.

OSCE Special Representative for Combating Human Trafficking