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Victim protection even when the offence is committed abroad

Currently, the Swiss Victim Assistance Act is based on the principle of territoriality, i.e. the crime must be committed in Switzerland or the victim must be domiciled there at the time of the offence in order for assistance to be granted.

Recommendations of the Plateforme Traite:

As required by the European Convention on Human Trafficking, it must be ensured that the identification, recovery and reflection period and, in particular, access to specialised victim protection (through measures such as adequate and secure accommodation, legal advice, translation services as well as psychological and material assistance) is guaranteed from the moment a crime of trafficking in human beings is suspected – irrespective of the country where the crime has been committed.