Panel Discussion: A Crime so Monstrous – Trafficking in Human Beings

IOM Vienna and the US Embassy Vienna jointly organized a panel discussion titled “A Crime so Monstrous – Trafficking in Human Beings”, which took place at Vienna’s “Amerika Haus” on 23 April 2010, from 14:00-15:30.

The panel discussion was held on the occasion of journalist E. Benjamin Skinner’s visit to Vienna. After meeting a former victim of trafficking, Mr. Skinner travelled the world to delve into the underworld of trafficking. His research and undercover work led to the publication of his first book “A Crime So Monstrous. Face to Face with Modern-Day-Slavery”. It exposes modern day trafficking networks and slave quarries, urban child markets and illegal brothels. The book was awarded the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction.

Mr. Skinner was joined on the panel by Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, Austria’s first National Coordinator on Combating Human Trafficking from the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs; Maria-Grazia Giammarinaro, OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating THB; and Andreas Halbach, Head of Special Liaison Mission, International Organization for Migration in Austria.

The topics of the panel discussion focused on the current situation of trafficking, national strategies for combating this phenomenon, trans-Atlantic efforts to stem trafficking, and innovative methods of preventing trafficking.