Interparliamentary Taskforce on Human Trafficking

Stopping human trafficking through partnership in policy.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world and millions of people are caught in sexual exploitation, labor exploitation, forced marriage, and other forms of modern slavery. The Interparliamentary Taskforce on Human Trafficking (ITHT) is the first global consortium to convene  leading lawmakers, government leaders, stakeholders and lived-experience experts committed to stopping the human suffering caused by human trafficking through partnership in policy solutions.

“For many years, trafficking has been addressed by tackling the ‘three P’s’: Prosecution, Prevention and Protection. These however, are not enough. What has been missing until now is the fourth P – Partnerships. Effective partnerships are required to ensure that ‘no victim is unnoticed.’ The Taskforce, as an outcome focused group, is working to create global partnerships between Governments, Parliaments and civil society so that we all work together to tackle, and end, the trafficking and enslavement of human beings.” – Senator Linda Reynolds (Australia –  Author of the Modern Slavery Act)

49 million

People are estimated to be caught in human trafficking globally.

Nearly 1/3

of nations lack laws that adequately address human trafficking.

More than 99.5%

of victims of trafficking are never identified.

These numbers are not improving. This needs to change.

Human trafficking is a borderless crime, and partnership in policymaking is the key to stopping it.

These numbers represent individuals. They represent a teenager sold by her “boyfriend” to men for sex, and a young man forced to work for days underground in a toxic mineshaft to recover valuable minerals. They represent a 13-year-old girl sold by her parents into a “marriage” to a man more than twice her age, and an 8- year-old boy thrown from a fishing boat into the water to repair tangled nets. They represent a family trapped in debt bondage for generations, carrying heavy loads of bricks in a kiln’s sweltering heat. For many victims, this number signifies the end of childhood, formal education, and sometimes their life.

These numbers also suggest a growing global trend that while goods and services have value, the people creating or providing them do not. Additionally, slavery supports commerce, and profits from human exploitation often fund organized criminal networks and terrorists. Human traffickers are organized, and the most effective efforts to combat them are organized as well. Legislation is a key component of collaboration, yet nearly one-third of countries lack laws and policies that adequately criminalize and penalize human trafficking. 

Countries Represented

Afghanistan
Albania
Argentina
Armenia
Austria
Australia
Belgium
Bolivia
Cameroon
Canada
China
Egypt
European Parliament
France
Germany
Ghana

Guatemala
India
Kenya
Kosovo
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nigeria
Pakistan
Poland
Romania
Sierra Leone
Uganda
Ukraine
United Kingdom
United States

Task Force Countries Represented
Guatemala Anti-Trafficking Education Site Visit: Secretary of Trafficking Sandy Recinos, Congresswoman Rosi Orozco (Mexico), Anne Basham (USA)
National Archives in Washington, D.C.: MP Gonjaj (Albania), Anne Basham (USA), MP Karen Bradley (UK), MP Rachael Thomas (Canada)
Bucharest, Romania Forum: Rushan Abbas (Uyghur Autonomous Region), MP Rozalia Biro (Romania), MP Shqipe Selimi (Kosovo)
Romanian Parliament: MP Karen Bradley (UK)
Romanian Parliament: MP Rozalia Biro (Romania)
Romania Parliament: MP Davis Opoku (Ghana)
Romanian Parliament: Rushan Abbas (Uyghur Autonomous Region), Ioana Bauer (Romania), Anne Basham (USA), MP Davis Opoku (Ghana), MP Rozalia Biro (Romania), MP Karen Bradley (UK)
Quarterly Virtual Task Force Meeting
Quarterly Virtual Task Force Meeting w/ OSCE Special Representative on Trafficking in Human Beings Val Richey
Guatemala Congress: Secretary of Trafficking Sandy Recinos
Hungarian Parliament where the Task Force was formed: Anne Basham (USA)
Romanian Parliament: Rushan Abbas (Uyghur Autonomous Region), Anne Basham (USA), Dr. Ekaterina Kostioukhina (USA), MP Shqipe Selimi (Kosovo), MP Rozalia Biro (Romania), MP Lisa Yasko (Ukraine)
Guatemala Anti-Trafficking Education Site Visit: Secretary of Trafficking Sandy Recinos, Congresswoman Rosi Orozco (Mexico), Anne Basham (USA)

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