Despite what many Europeans think, human trafficking and labour exploitation does not only occur in developing countries, nor is it only linked to products that come from outside Europe, like coffee and chocolate. Sadly, our continent is far from a safe haven when it comes to the protection of labour rights. Inhumane treatment of workers, deception, coercion or withholding of salary and identity documents are certainly not uncommon here.
Due to unique factors within each European country and the many forms of labour exploitation, there is no quick fix or simple solution. However, by recognising what is happening, we can begin to change it. We can move towards a more humane and fair way of producing our goods in Europe.
With this in mind, La Strada International and 30 European partner organisations have developed the campaign Used in Europe: human trafficking and labour exploitation on our continent.What is going on in your country?
The campaign was co-funded by the Prevention of and Fight Against Crime Programme of the European Union.