Today, we celebrate the 11th EU Anti-Trafficking day. Human trafficking is a prevalent practice globally, with instances of exploitation and human rights violations being reported in many nations each year. There are an estimated 21 million people in forced or coerced human trafficking worldwide according to the International Labour Organization Estimate on Forced Labour, which was published in 2012.
Moreover, according to the International Organization on Migration, 70% of trafficked victims are led to prostitution. One would expect, that this correlation between trafficking and prostitution, would lead national governments and non-government organizations to join efforts in putting barriers to prostitution. On the contrary, Germany and the Netherlands decriminalized prostitution and Amnesty International published a controversial report that supports the view that the decriminalization of prostitution can help in protecting vulnerable people involved in this industry. Read here an analysis of the prostitution policies written by my colleague, Lefteris Kaloterakis.