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

According to the internationally accepted definition, trafficking in persons 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 (SCC).

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 (FNA).

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.  fedpol facilitates co-ordination between all the agencies involved and develops strategies and tools to counter these forms of crime with the primary goal of protecting victims and bringing perpetrators to justice.

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