Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) published a report providing as assessment of the progress Italy has made in the past four years in relation to combating trafficking in human beings, linked to the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. The report discusses main developments in Italy since 2014, when the last evaluation was carried out and goes on to analyze the progress according to each article of the Council of Europe Convention – prevention of trafficking in human beings, measures to promote and protect victims, substantive criminal law, investigation, prosecution and procedural law, as well as international conclusion and cooperation with the civil sector. The report ends with recommendations for the Italian authorities to improve the situation, some of which are to:
- Improve the identification of the victims of human trafficking upon their arrival to Italy,
- Proactively investigate, prosecute and sanction cases of trafficking
- Prevent unaccompanied or separated children from going missing,
- Establish dedicated centers for the asylum seekers who are often victims of trafficking.