International Prosecution Of Human Trafficking 16 February 2021 – Where Are We Now? (VIDEO)

International Prosecution Of Human Trafficking

Your are welcome to watch our first On-Demand Video Webinar on “International Prosecution Of Human Trafficking – Where Are We Now?”.

The Ambassador of the Order of Malta to monitor and combat trafficking in persons organizes a series of 3 webinars on the international prosecution of human trafficking. This series of 3 webinars will assess the implementation of this treaty, raise awareness on the need to effectively prosecute traffickers, and promote action at the international, regional and national levels.

The first webinar took place on Tuesday, the 16th of February.

This webinar did focus on the present situation, taking stock of the implementation of the Palermo Protocol, 20 years after its adoption.

The webinar highlighted how difficult it is today to prosecute human trafficking criminals: according to Kevin Highland, first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner for the UK government, less than one in 1,250 trafficking cases is currently prosecuted. According to him, it is time to put in place at the international level, a plan on the same scale as the one being launched to fight global warming. Very few resources are devoted by governments to fight trafficking, which affects more than 45 million people worldwide.

A recording is available: Link to the vdeo


Professor Michel Veuthey, Moderator, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Morgane Nicot, Discussant, UNODC Criminal Justice Officer, Team Leader, Knowledge Development / Human Trafficking & Migrant Smuggling

Kevin Hyland, 30 years experience of police investigation. From 2010, Head for the establishment of the Metropolitan Police Human Trafficking response in UK and from 2014 to May 2018, first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner for the UK government, from 2018, Ireland’s representative to the Council of Europe Independent Group of Experts for Trafficking (Greta). Currently Chair of the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment (the leverage of major international brands to promote responsible recruitment practices in the way that migrant workers are recruited) and senior advisor for the Santa Marta Group (Church and Law Enforcement Combatting Modern Slavery)

Dr. Olivia Smith, Human Trafficking Specialist, presently Project Lead, TIP National Action Plan (Trafficking In Persons Report), Barbados, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). She served for several years in various capacities within the Government of Barbados, the CARICOM Secretariat (Caribbean Community) and as Executive Director of the Caribbean Anti-Human Trafficking Foundation

Brian Iselin, former Australian soldier and federal agent, Founder of Geneva-based Slave Free Trade, a nonprofit working on leveraging the might of the blockchain to rid the world of slave labor

Link to the vdeo