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Human Trafficking (HT)

  • Human Trafficking (HT) is the slavery of the 21st Century and one of the most lucrative crimes in the world.
  • Our legal system deals with HT crime in Article 177 bis of the Criminal Code.
  • This criminal offence is committed, inter alia, when a person is recruited, transferred, housed, received or transported using violence, intimidation or deceit for one of the following purposes:
    • Forced labour, slavery, servitude, begging.
    • Exploitation to commit criminal offences.
    • Organ extraction.
    • Forced marriage.
    • Sexual exploitation.
  • Any action will be considered to be HT when it is perpetrated with minors, even when not resorting to the means listed in Article 177 bis of the Criminal Code.
  • Trafficking is a serious form of crime which objectifies people and turns them into mere merchandise, with total disregard for and violation of their dignity and freedom.
  • Most HT victims are being enslaved to be sexually exploited. The Ertzaintza has developed a Strategic Plan to fight against the scourge of HT for sexual exploitation purposes.
  • The procedure involves going to those places where prostitution is practiced so as to detect the crime.
  • El procedimiento consiste en acudir a todos los lugares donde se ejerce la prostitución, para poder detectar el delito.
  • Cards and leaflets will be distributed in these places indicating the different ways to contact the Ertzaintza so as to request or provide information:
    • Free telephone:         900 103 584
    • Mobile telephone:    677 999 555
    • WhatsApp:                   677 999 555
    • Mail:       
  • The main aim of the Plan is the protection of victims of HT for sexual exploitation purposes, releasing them and referring them to an integral assistance service.
  • Indicators can reveal HT situations and must be assessed as a whole. Below are some of these signs. The order in which they are listed is irrelevant.
  • She cannot communicate freely with friends or relatives. She is confined with no freedom of movement or kept under permanent surveillance.
  • Lack or shortage of money. She has no access to her earnings; she has debts out of control.
  • She cannot reject clients or services.
  • She has signs of mistreatment as well as psychological, physical or sexual abuse.
  • She is scared, scruffy, over-sensitive and impressionable; she does not dare talk; she keeps her distance with other women.
  • She does not speak the language even if she has been in the country for some time.
  • In any case, if you are in doubt, do not hesitate and contact the Ertzaintza. This is the best way to help the victim.
  • Tell your mates, friends or someone you trust where you are going when you arrange a service.
  • Use mobile location systems, WhatsApp chats and SMSs to be reachable at all times.
  • Install useful apps such as Alpify or the Ertzaintza’s app in your mobile phone.
  • Avoid risks. If in doubt, do not accept the service.
  • If you are being abused or you feel in danger, tell someone you trust and report it.
  • In any emergency situation phone 112.
  • If you think we can help you, make you feel safer or help someone you know who is being forced into prostitution, do not hesitate, contact the Ertzaintza.