A background presentation of the problems involved and the initiatives taken. Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden, May 2001

‘In recent years, increasing numbers of women and children have become commodities traded on an international market. They are marketed, transported and sold by traffickers to be exploited in prostitution, pornography and forced labour. It is a modern form of the slave trade and must be fought with every means at our disposal.

Trafficking in persons is a problem that trancends national borders. This means that no country acting in isolation can put stop to it. Internationl co-operation is essential. This publication gives a brief presentation of the problem of trafficking and an overview of various initiatives and the different actors involved in the fight against trafficking in women and children in Asia and Europe’.

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