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Strategies Against Human Trafficking: The Role of the Security Sector

1 January, 2009


Table of Contents

Antonio Maria Costa

Theodor H. Winkler


List of Acronyms

The Security Sector and Counter-Trafficking
Cornelius Friesendorf

PART 1: Issues

Human Trafficking Patterns
Francesca Bosco, Vittoria Luda di Cortemiglia, Anvar Serojitdinov

Human Trafficking & Corruption: Triple Victimisation?
Leslie Holmes

Human Trafficking & Organised Crime in the US & Western Europe
John Picarelli

Human Trafficking & Smuggling: Crossover & Overlap
Benjamin S. Buckland

PART 2: Actors

Human Trafficking & Policing: Good & Bad Practices
Jana Arsovska, Stef Janssens

Human Trafficking, Organised Crime & Intelligence
Fred Schreier

Human Trafficking & Migration Management
Richard Danziger, Jonathan Martens, Mariela Guajardo

Human Trafficking & Peacekeepers
Keith J. Allred

Human Trafficking, Prosecutors & Judges
Allison Jernow

PART 3: Cooperation

Combating Human Trafficking: Improving Governance Institutions, Mechanisms & Strategies
Phil Williams

Problems of Anti-trafficking Cooperation
Barbara Limanowska, Helga Konrad

Improving International Counter-Trafficking Cooperation: Transnational Referral Mechanisms
Mariyana Radeva, Elisa Trossero, Martijn Pluim

Improving Counter-Trafficking Efforts Through Better Implementation, Networking & Evaluation
Cornelius Friesendorf

Notes on the Authors


Human trafficking is a serious crime. Through its links to organised crime and corruption, human trafficking undermines the security of states. And, because it involves the exploitation of millions, it also violates fundamental human rights. Trafficking has garnered enormous attention over recent years. The contributions to this book, written by experts in their fields, looks both back and forward: back at mistakes made and lessons learned, as well as forward at ways that counter-trafficking can be improved in the future.

Divided into three parts, this book examines first some key thematic areas, including trafficking and corruption, links with organised crime, and the overlap with other forms of migration. It then focuses on key security sector actors, analysing their roles and providing policy recommendations for police, prosecutors and judges, peacekeepers, and migration management actors, among others. Finally, it explores the key issue of counter-trafficking cooperation and draws policy-relevant conclusions about how such cooperation can be improved.

The book’s conclusions and recommendations are relevant for policymakers, security practitioners, researchers, and the general public.


Cornelius Friesendorf