Human trafficking in Switzerland

The Swiss police have been dealing with human trafficking for decades. In an interview, Alexander Ott, Head of the Police Inspectorate (EMF) of the City of Bern, talks about the cooperation between different agencies, the new focus on “domestic exploitation”, the Palermo Protocol and much more.

There are already “round tables” in 18 cantons that coordinate the cooperation of various agencies – such as police authorities, NGOs, government governors and public prosecutors – in the fight against human trafficking, based on a national action plan. “In addition to prostitution, the focus is now also on exploitation of people in the domestic economy,” explains Alexander Ott, who also heads the round table in the canton of Bern. The interview was conducted by the Italian-speaking Catholic Mission in Bern.