Joint action against human trafficking

Publicated on: December 1, 2021

29 countries participated in the Europol-coordinated action between 8 November and 12 November 2021.

One of the key criminal priorities of the new policy cycle of the European Multidisciplinary Platform against Crime Threats (EMPACT) adopted for the period 2018-2021 is joint action against trafficking in human beings within the European Union, with a view to eliminating all forms of sexual and labor exploitation.

During the Joint Action Days, the law enforcement authorities of each country, including the Hungarian police, carried out targeted and coordinated measures to eradicate trafficking in human beings and forced labor, forced begging or other illegal acts. In doing so, special attention was also paid to the identification and protection of victims of trafficking.

At the request of the Anti-Trafficking Unit of the National Bureau of Investigation, all county (capital) police headquarters participated in the implementation of the action. During the implementation of EMPACT JAD, 12 Hungarian citizens were arrested in Hungary on the basis of a well-founded suspicion of committing the crime of trafficking in human beings and forced labor. Owing to the investigative measures, 17 victims of Hungarian citizenship were identified, 4 of whom were minors, 2 were men and 15 were victims of sexual exploitation. During detainments and acts carried out, the Hungarian authorities seized mobile phones, computer equipment, cash, jewelry and motor vehicles, and regularly and repeatedly inspected the sites relevant to the commission of crimes related to human trafficking.

The countries participating in the joint action are Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, Montenegro, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Montenegro, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, United Kingdom, United Kingdom. Germany, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Serbia, Slovenia and Slovakia.

According to Europol, a total of 212 arrests and 650 victims of trafficking were identified in the five-day international operation.

Europol's press release on the EMPACT JAD is available at this link.

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