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European Resource Center

It's not terribly surprising to learn that many trafficking victims have been exploited in a hotel. It seems part and parcel of every movie we have seen about forced commercial sexual exploitation. The hotels are usually seedy under the radar locales or the high-end luxury kind where wealthy men, often foreign, abuse girls and women. None of this seems to have much to do with the general population, or does it?

It does. As much as we want to believe otherwise, the reality of human trafficking isn't far from home. The good news is that as we jaunt from trip to trip this summer (and into the holiday season), when given the right tools, we can actually help identify and decrease human trafficking. Collaboration between hotels, travellers and NGOs can make a huge impact on combatting trafficking. To get the ball rolling, the non-governmental organization ECPAT-USA and members of the travel industry founded the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct, called The Code, to help hotels learn the signs of trafficking. The NGO also recently launched #DoesYourHotelKnow, a new awareness campaign that alerts hotels and travelers on what to do if we think it's happening (key: you don't have to be certain, that's up to the authorities to figure out).

Here are some easy-to-do steps to make the world a bit better when you travel.

Read more: Five Travel Tips To Help Stop Human Trafficking

Richard Jobson and Emma Thompson's short film about the brutal realities of sex trafficking. Made in conjunction with The Helen Bamber Foundation.

As one of the main activities of the European Resource Centre, on 12th February 2015 IFS-EMMAUS initiated the EURC electronic Library comprising a wide range public catalogue of documents publications, manuals, studies and other materials on trafficking in human beings, illegal migrations and other forms of exploitation, including online child abuse.

The Library intended to serve as a resource tool to interested parties involved in the prevention and suppression of trafficking in human beings and related phenomenons.

At you can find EURC Library Inventory List of all available materials, including materials available only at hard copy, as well as prevention and promotional materials, and online resources. The Library Inventory List will be regularly updated with new materials.

Two Little Girls is a three minute animated film spearheading an anti sex-trafficking campaign in 13 East European countries that began in January 2009 and is now continuing in five more countries over the next two years. The aim of the campaign is to warn young women of the dangers of being persuaded to travel abroad with false promises of employment, only to find themselves sold into prostitution, consequently enduring years of untold cruelty. This campaign acts both as a powerful and accessible tool for the prevention of trafficking, as well as for increasing public awareness about this very complex and challenging subject. Visit Two Little Girls at


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On November 27, 2013, IFS-EMMAUS officially opened the European Resource Center for the Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings and Other Forms of Exploitation located in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The opening ceremony was hosted in cooperation with the Emmaus Europe and Emmaus International representatives Mr Alain Capmas and Mr. Hans Van Beek, the State Coordinator for Anti-Trafficking/Ministry of Security of BiH Mr Samir Rizvo and IFS-EMMAUS Head of Sarajevo Office and Resource Center Manager, Ms Amela Efendic.

The Ceremony was attended by a numerous representatives of relevant BiH institutions and agencies, international agencies as International Organisation for Migration, US Embassy in BiH, Save the Children, as well as representatives of partner NGO organizations from BiH and the neighbouring countries, in support of ongoing activities of IFS-EMMAUS on the prevention of THB in the region and Europe.

The Resource Center is established to serve as an information point on trafficking in human beings, changing trends, legislative provisions and statistical data, as well as related information on other forms of exploitation with particular emphasis on this phenomenon in Europe. It is expected to serve as a resource mechanism for primarily Emmaus communities, but also local and international stakeholders on best practices and knowledge for action in combating human trafficking at the regional and global level.

The opening of the Resource Center is realized within the project "EMMAUS Network Against Trafficking in Human Beings – Combating and Prevention Through Policy Initiatives, Training and Capacity Building” in cooperation with the BiH Ministry of Security/Anti-trafficking Department and with the support of EMMAUS Europe.



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