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Trafficking in human beings is a heinous crime and a violation of fundamental rights.

Commissioner Avramopoulos, responsible for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, together with the EU Anti-trafficking coordinator Myria Vassiliadou, recently presented the first Commission Report on progress in the fight against trafficking.

The report charts recent trends, it examines advances made and highlights the key challenges that the EU and its Member States need to address as a priority.

According to the latest data available, nearly 16,000 women, men, girls and boys are registered as victims of trafficking in the EU. However, given the complexity of reporting on this phenomenon, the actual number of victims is likely to be significantly higher than those registered by national authorities. Among the different forms of trafficking, trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation is still the most widespread (67% of registered victims), followed by trafficking for labour exploitation (21% of registered victims).

Over three quarters of the registered victims were women, while at least 15% were children. Child trafficking is reported by Member States as one of the trends that is increasing most sharply in the EU, with almost 2,500 victims in 2013-2014. Quite importantly, criminal networks are exploi-ting the current migration crisis by targeting the most vulnerable groups of people – and there’s none more vulnerable than a child.

There are, indeed, many gaps in the development and implementation of effective measures in different policy areas regarding human trafficking. For instance, the level of prosecutions and convictions remains worryingly low, especially when compared to the number of victims identified. To successfully tackle the challenges arising from trafficking, EU Member States need to fully and correctly implement the EU Anti-trafficking Directive of 2011.

This Directive introduces a gender perspective in areas such as criminal law provisions, pro-secution of offenders and support for victims.

The Report suggests that victims of human trafficking must not be criminalised, but, rather, those who exploit them and abuse them. Dimitris Avramopoulos has said that “we must prosecute those responsible and ensure appropriate convictions”.

Indeed, a top priority should be a reduction in the demand that triggers trafficking for all forms of exploitation.

We do have many challenges ahead. However, we have the right tools to address them.

Although significant progress has been made at eliminating incidents of trafficking in human beings, it is evident that more needs to be done; it is unacceptable that in the 21st century people are stripped of their fundamental human rights and are treated as commodities.

The Commission will continue working on a coordinated and consistent response in order to decisively tackle trafficking in human beings in close coordination with EU Member States.



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