To increase the understanding of relevant subjects and trends in the field of THB for labour exploitation, the organisations involved could commission research. Research can be a very valuable tool, for example to find out which types of intervention may be effective.

Example: FRA research report

From 2013-2015, the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) of the EU carried out extensive research into the nature of and responses to criminal forms of exploitation of workers moving within or into the EU. Their comparative report is the first to comprehensively explore all criminal forms of labour exploitation in the EU. The report also includes country reports of 21 member states. These can help national authorities and civil society organisations fight severe forms of labour exploitation.

Read more about the research findings and what makes this research successful.

Example: DemandAT

Another example of a research project is DemandAT. This project addresses the challenge of understanding the demand for trafficking in human beings. It also looks at analysing the policy and practical measures that can influence this demand. DemandAT may influence the efforts of European countries to find ways to reduce demand for the products and services that are provided by trafficked persons.

DemandAT investigates several forms of trafficking and forced labour. It wants to determine the impact and potential of measures that can be taken on the demand-side to reduce trafficking. The project brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts across 7 European countries.

More information on the DemandAT website.