Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery. Everyday in Europe thousands of people are trafficked for the purpose of exploitation. Innocent people are tricked, coerced or otherwise removed from their home or country and forced to work on terms which are highly exploitative. The exploitation comes in many forms, such as sexual and labour exploitation, forced begging, the removal of organs and the abuse of domestic and seasonal workers.
Human trafficking is often linked to the individual experiences of the trafficked victims, who seek better living conditions in their own or a foreign country. This pressure for migration helps to explain why migrating persons are more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
Human trafficking can affect all people in all countries, regardless of gender, age, nationality, ethnicity or any other affiliation. Women and girls, men and boys, can all be trafficked. Nonetheless, social, economic and political inequalities persist and create gendered vulnerabilities. Consequently, trafficking in human beings is not gender neutral and women still are more at risk.