The Task Force against Trafficking in Human beings is composed of government representatives working with trafficking issues in all CBSS Member States. It has been active in the region since 2006 when it was established by the CBSS Member State Heads of Government.

Every year women, men and children are trafficked to, through or from the Baltic Sea Region for the purposes of exploitation. The region is also subjected to constant changes in the patterns of human trafficking and the forms of victimisation, which makes it difficult for officials to respond to new trafficking trends, identify and assist victims.

The Task Force counteracts all forms of human trafficking by acting as a bridge between local, regional and national actors; analysing trends and needs and translating them into actions with high macro-regional impact; providing information and training a variety of professionals involved in the fight against human trafficking in the Baltic Sea Region.

Facts & Figures

  • Released 12 publications, including guidelines for municipalities, mass media, diplomatic staff, most available in the Member States’ languages in addition to English
  • Trained more than 1000 consular officials, 500 local actors and other experts.
  • Established the Transnational Referral Mechanism (TRM) of the Baltic Sea Region, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine.
  • Involved new actors such as trade unions, labour inspectorates and tax authorities in the national inter-institutional working group against human trafficking.
  • Harmonised understanding of various human trafficking terms through the  development of  a comprehensive Human Trafficking Glossary.