18th October - Switzerland against Human Trafficking

Switzerland is a country of destination and transit for human trafficking. Due to the fact that this violation of human rights occurs in a clandestine manner, the population of Switzerland has limited awareness and access to information about this phenomenon which also exists here. Likewise, the definition and extent of human trafficking are not always well-known or understood.

The annual European Anti-trafficking Day, which takes place on October 18th, is an opportunity for the Swiss public to participate in events and receive information to better understand the mechanisms behind human trafficking. Identifying victims of trafficking and providing them with the necessary support requires the help of the whole population.

Together we can combat this crime and protect its victims. Human beings are not for sale!

Let us make the 18th of October the symbolic date against human trafficking in Switzerland.

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Event 18 October 2018

On the occasion of the EU Anti-Trafficking Day 2018 the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Bern is organizing, in cooperation with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), a conference on “Digital technology: an unprecedented opportunity for the prevention of trafficking”. The conference will take place on 18th October 2018 (8:30 am to 2:00 pm) at Maison de la Paix, in Geneva. The event is held in French and English.

To register, please send an email including your name, job title and company/institution name to Ms. Emilie Ballestraz (eballestraz@iom.int, +41 (0)31 350 82 22), who is also available to answer any questions. Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis and must be received no later than the 10th of October 2018.


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An awareness-raising bus will be inaugurated on the 18th October 2017 in Bern. The bus, adapted as a travelling exhibition, will then circulate throughout the whole country during 12 months and provide information about human trafficking in Switzerland.

Visit the bus on its next stop!


Please find a collection of articles regarding the counter trafficking weeks and the bus here.

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