The Role of Local Authorities in Addressing Human Trafficking

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Kathryn Rossiter
Jo Benfield


Worldwide, it is estimated that nearly 4 million people fall victim to people traffickers every year. Trafficking is carried out mainly by Organised Criminal Networks and the victims are forced into prostitution, illegal labour, domestic slavery and petty crime.

On 1 April 2009, the United Kingdom signed up to the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. The Convention, which has to date been ratified by 20 European countries, is legally binding and aims to promote and protect the rights of victims who have been tricked or forced into leaving their homes, moved to another country, or within their own country, and then exploited. Whilst it is national governments who are signatories to the Council of Europe Convention, local authorities have a key role to play in its successful implementation.

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Rossiter, K., & Benfield, J. (2009). The Role of Local Authorities in Addressing Human Trafficking. Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, (3), 127-139.
Policy and Practice
Author Biographies

Kathryn Rossiter, SOLACE

Director of Development and Operations, SOLACE

Jo Benfield, SOLACE

International and Policy Consultant to SOLACE