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Side event - Impact of criminalising the knowingly use of services

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16 June 2021
Side event - Impact of criminalising the knowingly use of services
La Strada International
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demand criminalising knowingly use trafficking OSCE side event La Strada International

This side event was organised during the 21st ALLIANCE AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS, Confronting Demand: Tackling a root cause of trafficking in human beings, 14-16 June 2021

During this side event, La Strada International discussed the impact of demand measures, in particular criminalizing the use of exploited services, as well as the feasibility and practical application and effectiveness of such legislation. The side event focussed on two main questions:

  • What has been/will be the impact of criminalizing the knowingly use (and broadening of the criminal liability) on trafficked persons and vulnerable groups and on the prosecution of perpetrators of human trafficking?
  • What is the added value of legislation that criminalizes the knowingly use; is the International and EU legal framework which criminalizes human trafficking not sufficient to criminalize  intent and profit of exploitation by perpetrators?.

 Recording is soon available.