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The preparation of an action plan to combat human trafficking was agreed by the Government of Prime Minister Sanna Marin. On 2 April 2020, the Ministry of Justice appointed an intersectoral working group to prepare such an action plan.
The resolution of Parliament on intensifying efforts to combat human trafficking and on improving the standing of its victims as well as the recommendations issued to Finland by international human rights treaty bodies were taken into account in the preparation of the plan. Experts by experience, civil society organisations and multi-professional networks were consulted during the preparation. Workshops were moreover organised for experts engaged in anti-trafficking action. The aim was to gain a comprehensive picture of the challenges of anti-trafficking and to accumulate perspectives for its development.
The action plan is based on five strategic objectives and 55 actions. The plan will promote the detection of human trafficking, improve the standing of victims and enhance the establishment of criminal liability. The plan will also strengthen the mainstreaming of antitrafficking into the wider activities of the Government and intensify cooperation with civil society. The plan links anti-trafficking closely with analysis, assessment and research activities. The action plan seeks to prevent and reduce trafficking in human beings.
The plan will be implemented in 2021–2023. Its implementation will be monitored and reported by a working group. An external assessment of the implementation of the action plan will also be carried out.