Panel Discussion: Hidden Truths: Recruitment Practices and Human Trafficking

Virtual Discussion "Hidden Truths About Relationships Between Recruitment Practices and Human Trafficking for Labour Exploitation and Different Forms of Labour Trafficking in Destination Countries"

The Panel Discussion is organised within the framework of a transnational project “Competence building, Assistance provision and Prosecution of labour exploitation cases in the Baltic Sea Region” (CAPE). The aim of CAPE is to support relevant national and local authorities in the Baltic Sea Region in combating and prosecuting cases of forced labour and labour exploitation as well as assisting victims of this form of human trafficking. For this purpose, and to provide a better understanding of trafficking for labour exploitation, research was carried out in Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.  These four studies focused on recruitment practices of labour migrants in countries of origin and examined different forms that human trafficking for labour exploitation takes in destination countries.

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Some of the issues we’ll be addressing in the discussion will be what recruitment practices facilitate exploitation in the country of origin?; are there links between the ways how victims are recruited and them ending up in labour exploitation?; who are the victims? are labour migrants aware of the risks of labour exploitation?; what forms of exploitation are observed in the destination countries?; how are victims able to leave situations of labour exploitation?


  • To shed light on previously undiscussed elements surrounding recruitment
  • To develop a theory-driven and an evidence-based understanding of relevant aspects of trafficking for labour exploitation in the Baltic Sea Region
  • To contribute to a raised level of awareness about human trafficking for labour exploitation among labour actors, law enforcement officials, policy makers and service providers

These objectives are born out of the reality that over the past several years selected countries of origin have experienced a constant flow of nationals going abroad to find job opportunities but sometimes ending up being subjected to forced labour and labour exploitation in destination countries.


13.00 – 13.15              Opening remarks: Vineta Polatside, Senior Adviser and Head of TF-THB Unit, Council of the Baltic Sea States

13.15 – 14.30              Presentations of key finding of the research in Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland

14.30 – 15.00              Discussion

Registration & participation

Interested participants are requested to register here.

CAPE project is funded by the Swedish Gender Equality Agency and coordinated by the Council of the Baltic Sea States, Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings (CBSS TF-THB).

A parallel project  is funded by the CBSS Project Support Facility Fund (PSF) and coordinated by the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Latvia.