The Swiss Coordination Unit against the Trafficking of Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (KSMM)

human trafficking

Trafficking in persons, according to the internationally accepted definition, is the recruitment, transportation, harbouring or receipt of persons for the purpose of exploitation and is a punishable offence in Switzerland under Article 182 of the Swiss Criminal Code.

Migrant smuggling, defined as facilitating a person’s illegal entry into Switzerland or another Schengen member state or abetting a person in illegally staying there or in leaving the country illegally, is a punishable offence under the Foreign Nationals Act.

Combating human trafficking and migrant smuggling involves various aspects relating to victim protection, law enforcement and prevention. Responsibility for these areas lies in part with the federal authorities and in part with the cantons. The Swiss Coordination Unit against the Trafficking of Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (KSMM), whose permanent secretariat is incorporated into the Federal Office of Police (fedpol), has facilitated co-ordination since 2003 between all the agencies involved. The Unit develops strategies and tools to counter this form of crime with the primary goal of protecting victims and bringing perpetrators to justice.

More information is available on the KSMM website.