Human trafficking is a serious crime. Yet unfortunately human trafficking and labour exploitation are also a sad reality in Austria, in areas such as housework, farming, construction, gastronomy, cleaning and sex work. This issue and those involved can often seem far removed and disconnected from our everyday lives.
The victims of human trafficking in Austria usually come from poorer EU or non-EU countries. Prime factors include problems such as domestic violence in the family of origin, low levels of education, unemployment, poverty as well as the search for a supposed “better life”.
The Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking in Austria coordinates measures to fight human trafficking. All relevant federal ministries and government departments, federal provinces, social partners as well as specialised non-governmental organisations are represented within the Task Force. Ambassador Dr. Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger was appointed National Coordinator on Combating Human Trafficking and Chairperson of the Task Force in 2009. The main objective of the Task Force is to devise, enforce and monitor national plans of action to combat human trafficking. The fourth National Action Plan for Combating Human Trafficking (2015-2017) is already being implemented at the moment. The national action plans reflect a comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking and include measures for national coordination, prevention, protection of victims, prosecution and international cooperation.
Those who attended the public part of the Human Trafficking Task Force conference of federal provinces on 19 June 2017, gained an insight into how to recognise human trafficking and what can be done to fight it.
If you would like to learn more about this issue, please visit our online exhibition “Against Human Trafficking” here: http://www.gegen-menschenhandel.at/