In January 2017, the project of Confine - Towards operational cooperation on local administrative financial investigations in the fight against human trafficking - was launched. This project is financed by the ISF-Police Fund of the European Union. It’s a collaboration between the city of Antwerp (Belgium), the city of Genk (Belgium), RIEC Zeeland-West Brabant (Netherlands) and the University of Leuven (Belgium). This is the manual that resulted from the project.

Chapter 1 clarifies a number of relevant concepts: human trafficking, administrative approach and the exchange of information. Chapter 2 then describes the method by which CONFINE set out to bundle the known facets of human trafficking in an orderly manner. This method can also provide a basis for all forms of organised crime. CONFINE stimulated the project using case studies. Chapter 3 provides a brief description of these cases. Chapter 4 deals with the financial and administrative indicators that a local government can detect. These indicators are explained on the basis of examples taken from the cases. The route from sign to case is also explained. Who has what information and how can it be shared? Chapter 5 then provides insight into the possibilities of effectively combating trafficking in human beings, in particular the barriers that local authorities can raise. This report introduces you to the way in which the local government can take up this role. We end with a number of bottlenecks and recommendations, and a concise answer to the main questions of the project in Chapter 6.

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