Council of Europe Report on Human Trafficking

At the beginning of April, the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) published its 9th annual report on its activities covering the period of 2019. Access to remedies including compensation is one of the issues addressed in this report, and is part of the thematic focus on the ongoing third evaluation round.

GRETA has urged 25 of the 42 countries (59%) to make improvements in the provision of legal assistance and legal aid to victims of trafficking. Furthermore, 25 countries were urged to provide access to State compensation for victims of trafficking, and 24 countries were urged to improve access to compensation from the perpetrators. This suggests that there is some improvement compared to the first evaluation round as regards State compensation, but no improvement as regards access to compensation from the perpetrators.

See the report for more information.