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Europol identifies 39 suspects in major online child sexual abuse swoop in the Western Balkan region

The operation led by the Slovenian National Police and coordinated by Europol aimed to identify and arrest people using online forums and messaging applications to share and distribute child sexual abuse material. More than 200 items containing images or videos of child sexual…

EU Parliament publishes briefing on EU measures to counter and prevent human trafficking

The report focuses on the creation of the ‘EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016’, under priority A, action 1, it requires member states to establish formal national referral mechanisms to protect victims…

Europol publishes spotlight report on criminal networks in migrant smuggling

Details main features of modern migrant smuggling networks and explains phenomena such as ‘joint ventures’, where illicit actors cooperate at various stages in the migrant smuggling chain.

EU Commission plans stronger rules to fight human trafficking

The updated rules will provide stronger tools for law enforcement and judicial authorities to investigate and prosecute new forms of exploitation. The Commission’s proposal put forward mandatory sanctions against companies for trafficking…

Council of Europe on fight against human trafficking

GRETA’s latest evaluation report urged the Irish authorities to adopt a national referral mechanism to ensure that different agencies are involved in identifying victims of all types of trafficking, and to provide trafficking victims with specialised assistance…

Europol large-scale action against human trafficking

Europol supported large-scale international action against trafficking in human beings. 29 countries, led by Austria and Romania, took part in the action days, which were coordinated by Europol and Frontex….