Common Basic Principles
The work of the member organisations of the Swiss Platform against human trafficking is based on the following principles:
- Human rights-based approach: all measures and actions taken against human trafficking (THB) are based on the respect of human rights.
- Victim-centered approach: All decisions and actions taken are made at the request of the victim and in his/her interest. Counsellors working in victim assistance respect the principles of equity and non-discrimination.
- Respect for the freedom of movement of persons and respect for the “right to migrate”; importance of highlighting the connections between migration regulation systems and the phenomenon of trafficking.
- Sexwork is part of the social reality and must be strictly differentiated from human trafficking for sexual exploitation; the platform has a non-abolitionist approach towards sexwork.
- Partiality and independence: representation of the interests of the victims, political and religious neutrality, non-discrimination and respect for the values of each person.
- Importance of direct counseling experience: The findings and proposed solutions are based on practical experience gained in counseling and direct support of victims of THB.
- The platform members advocate for an improvement of the structural conditions that make a person vulnerable and therefore prone to exploitation, e.g. labour market or sex market conditions.
- The platform members work to promote and improve victim protection standards at the national and international levels.