EU Commission adopts anti-human trafficking strategy
In June the European Commission adopted a new anti-human trafficking strategy aimed at protecting the hundreds of thousands of people that are trafficked in the EU every year, and creating systems that prevent trafficking across the 27-country strong political union.
The EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings (2012-2016) identifies five priority areas: better identifying and protecting the victims; increasing prosecution of traffickers; development of child protection systems; setting up of national law-enforcement units on human trafficking; and the creation of joint investigation teams including national authorities and EU agencies.
"Unfortunately slavery hasn't yet been left to the history books. It is appalling to see that in our times human beings are still being put up for sale and being trafficked into forced labor or prostitution. Ensuring that victims can get support and bringing traffickers to justice is at the heart of our actions. We are far from there yet, but we can have only one aim: to eradicate trafficking in human beings", said Cecilia Malmström, Home Affairs Commissioner in a press release.
The new EU strategy focuses on concrete actions that will support and complement the implementation of EU legislation on trafficking in human beings.
Watch a video with stories of victims of human trafficking in the European Union here: