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KOK - German NGO network against trafficking in human beings

KOK is a German NGO network and coordination office against trafficking in human beings. Currently, KOK consists of 38 member organisations across Germany. This is a unique network as it represents a broad variety of different groups, including faith-based organisations and sex workers' rights groups.

Symposium 25-26 October 2018

On the 25-26 October 2018 KOK hosts the symposium „Trafficking in human beings and exploitation in Germany – taking stock two years after implementation of the EU Directive”.

The EU directive regarding the preventing and combating of trafficking in human beings was implemented in Germany in 2016 and led to extensive reforms in the German Criminal Code.

Two years later KOK wants to take stock, especially with regard to the practical application of the new provisions and questions around competences, responsibilities and strategies for human trafficking and its implications for the victims. Click here for the program. 

Application forms are available here.

Mission statement

KOK aims to promote the human rights of trafficked persons and other migrants experiencing violence. It addresses trafficking and other forms of violence against migrants as a severe violation of human rights. KOK believes that the crime of human trafficking is deeply rooted in racism and sexism, and strategies to fight human trafficking have to be embedded in a wider framework including both phenomena. The network is active against all bodies, organisations and legislation which exclude migrants from social, political and economic participation. It believes in equal rights and opportunities for all, including persons working in prostitution and other informal economies. 


KOK coordinates the endeavours and efforts of its member organisations and other stakeholders involved in the issue of human trafficking. It transforms the experiences gained in grassroot counselling centres into political strategies. KOK informs policy makers, scientists, civil society and governmental and intergovernmental stakeholders on the complexity of anti-trafficking policies, and guarantees knowledge sharing across different levels. Some of the KOK’s core activities are political lobbying, as well as work in relevant committees and public relations.

The work carried out by KOK is supported by the German Ministry for Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ).

Strengthening human rights and combatting trafficking in women are causes that need support! You can find out about supporting the KOK’s efforts and helping to improve the situation of the women concerned by clicking on the following link: support us.

KOK e.V. is being promoted 

KOK supports the nationwide helpline violence against women. For further information, please visit

„Human Trafficking in Germany – An Overview from a Practical Standpoint”

Link to our new book of the same name

„Human Trafficking“
An animated movie about KOK and its work.