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Introduction To Anti-Trafficking And RENATE

RENATE has created this page to provide stories, facts, links and information, for anyone not familiar with anti-trafficking. It includes a short summary of RENATE and its place in the anti-trafficking/slavery world and how it prevents this terrible crime.

What is anti-trafficking?

The Palermo Protocol provides the first internationally recognised definition of human trafficking:

"Trafficking in persons shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control of another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or removal of organs."

Find our more by following the UN link on Human Trafficking FAQ’s: Human Trafficking FAQ's

What is RENATE?

RENATE stands for: Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation.

RENATE is a European network of religious committed to work together against human trafficking and exploitation. This is our events website, where you can find the latest upcoming events. These include a film competition for RENATE's upcoming film festival (winning films will be shown at the film festival).

RENATE has a separate main website with lots of information about RENATE:

Statement from RENATE President

"Some people trafficked today managed to phone a national hotline pleading for help. Covid-19 has led to problems regarding a much needed rapid response to those enslaved and suffering people, due to their trapped and forced isolation. The trafficked who look for help are in despair. Many of RENATE key workers continue to support the trafficked cross border, online or in the shelters. We pray today for the millions who are suffering at the hands of traffickers and trapped in terrible conditions, isolated from any loving care"

Imelda Poole

RENATE Mission Statement

Together with Church, State and Civil Society, in conjunction with realising the UN Sustainable De-velopment Goals, RENATE Network is committed to:

  • Working tirelessly to rehabilitate victims, free the world of sexual and labour exploitation, slavery and forced organ harvesting.

  • Addressing the root causes of systemic injustice that creates and sustains this vile trade in human lives.

  • Using its network to strengthen communication and co-operation between countries of origin, transit and destination.

  • Providing opportunities for the full reintegration of victims which can include protection in a safe home, acquisition of proper documents and training for meaningful work so that victims can regain and be enabled to live life to the full.

  • Educating society, particularly youth, to view all forms of human trafficking and exploitation as totally unacceptable.

  • Challenging judicial and civil authorities to adopt and enforce legislation that protects victims, provides them with adequate compensation, punishes clients and buyers and seizes the as-sets of perpetrators.

  • Collaborating with the media in efforts to bring a strong voice to the attention of the world de-nouncing all aspects of human trafficking and exploitation.

You can view the RENATE mission statement on the main RENATE website here.

RENATE Policy Statement on Human Trafficking and the Law

"RENATE endeavours to abolish all forms of human trafficking and exploitation that violates the human dignity and rights of persons. Throughout its European Network, RENATE adopts a Victim-Centered, Human Rights, Trauma-informed approach in relation to the Law"


An estimated 40.3 million victims are trapped in modern-day slavery. Of these:

  • 24.9 million were exploited for labour.

  • 15.4 million were in forced marriage.

These statistics are from Stop The Traffik. For more statistics: Stop The Traffik - Scale Of The Issue

Film Competition

We're currently running a film competition for our upcoming film festival. If you'd like more information, or to enter this, please click on 'Film Competition' below.

1st Place


2nd Place


3rd Place


All Winners

Winning films will be shown in London at the RENATE Film Festival. First place will be shown at BAFTA, and all three winning entries will be shown at the Royal Society of Arts.

Up to 5 team members can attend the film festival, and will also receive a certificate.

View the film competition page for more information on prizes, rules and how to enter.

Film Competition Film Competition