Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings - Interesting research for a crime writer

This could be interesting research for a crime writer.  There is a WEBINAR on 20 September 2012 14:00 CET, on Anti-Trafficking and an online discussion on the steps that are being taken to eradicate trafficking in human beings.
The press release about it says, "Hundreds of thousands of victims are trafficked across the EU every year. Trafficking in human beings – which can be classified as a modern form of slavery – is a serious crime, involving a violation of basic human rights.

 The webinar, hosted by CEPOL – the European Police College, is open to everyone. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to the Anti-Trafficking Coordinator as part of a moderated discussion."

The European Police College (CEPOL) is a European Union agency dedicated to supporting a European approach to the fight against crime. CEPOL’s core business is learning and training aimed at senior police officers, experts and trainers, with a focus on issues with a European – or cross-border – dimension, such as trafficking in human beings, counter-terrorism and cybercrime. CEPOL is located in Bramshill, in the UK.

Bramshill is in Hampshire and not far from where I live and the county in which my fictional detective, DI Horton is based.  I haven't used trafficking in human beings as a theme in my crime novels yet, although I have mentioned it and with my novels set in Portsmouth, a thriving UK Port close to Europe, illegal immigrants are found on lorries, vans and cars coming into the country via this route.

Ms Myria Vassiliadou, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator will present the ‘EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings (2012 – 2016)’ adopted by the European Commission earlier this year, as part of a keynote address. The discussion will be moderated by Dr Ferenc Bánfi, Director of CEPOL.

Register for the webinar at:

To find out more about trafficking in human beings, go to

A good source of research.

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