The Council of Europe (COE) published a new report welcoming anti-trafficking initiatives taken by authorities in Monaco, but it also called on the Principality to adopt legal and practical measures aimed at respecting the human rights of human trafficking victims.

 

Although no victims of trafficking have been identified to date in Monaco, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) stressed the need to draw up a policy document covering the prevention of trafficking, training for professionals, protection of victims and the prosecution of traffickers.

 

The report also highlights the importance of identifying all victims and ensuring that they can access appropriate assistance and protection measures to help them with their physical, psychological and social recovery.

 

Human trafficking in Monaco

 

The Monegasque authorities have taken steps to make trafficking in human beings a criminal offence even if no victims have been identified so far. however, given the Principality’s particular geographical situation and population size, there is no specialised structure for combating trafficking in human beings. In the report, GRETA underlined that certain groups could be more exposed to the risk of human trafficking, especially domestic workers from outside the country and persons working on yachts. Monaco has no official procedures or established indicators for identifying trafficking victims.

 

Trafficking in human beings is a world-wide phenomenon and the Council of Europe seeks to promote international co-operation in the efforts to combat trafficking. Monaco became the 46th member State of the Council of Europe on 5 October 2004. It is the oldest and the leading human rights organisation in Europe.