Our approach

At the current time, the topic of human trafficking is under discussion as a matter of great priority in almost all countries of the European Union. Unfortunately, it appears from the emphasis of these discussions that those affected have little to expect from them. Attention is focussed wholly and exclusively upon the migration process and not upon the protection of those affected. In addition to this, the topic of human trafficking is often exploited as a means of justifying the imposition of restrictions upon migration. We find this unacceptable from a human rights perspective.

The best way to prevent human trafficking would be to allow migrants to work legally, including in prostitution. We believe that restrictive immigration controls are partly responsible for the existence of human trafficking.

There is obviously a demand for labour, both in prostitution as well as in other industries. On the other hand, there are people who are prepared to migrate and willing to carry out this work. It is incomprehensible why Western European states do not make this possible.

The German Immigration Act provides a framework for reacting appropriately to this demand. Unfortunately, the government has neglected to take advantage of this possibility. Although channels of migration have been created for highly qualified workers, only very limited possibilities are open to potential workers in other areas.