The joint statement was just launched at the CAPE project conference on the same topic.
Building on the achievements made to combat trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation nationally and internationally, the Member States of the Council of the Baltic Sea States declared their strong determination to eradicate this crime and signed a Joint Statement of Commitment to work against human trafficking for labour exploitation in the Baltic Sea Region. The Baltic Sea Region, together as a team, is committed to build our economies and lives free from exploitation and based on fundamental values such as freedom, equality and dignity.
The Joint Statement incorporates main findings from research work, it is based on consultations with all relevant state authorities and civil society organisations in our Member States and it confirms that the priorities listed in the Joint Statement are in line with the national goals and actions plans to prevent and fight trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation.
We hope that the Joint Statement of Commitment will be a road map and enable our Member States to support each other, to learn from and encourage each other even more because we all are allies in this work against human trafficking and trust should be at the heart of our efforts.