EU Announces Strategy Against Human Trafficking

June 29, 2012 - 11:13am

The European Commission has adopted a set of concrete and practical measures that are to be implemented over the next five years, aimed at eradicating the trafficking of human beings. The strategy includes prevention, protection and support of the victims, as well as prosecution of the traffickers. It identifies five priorities and outlines a series of initiatives for each of them, such as:

  • supporting the establishment of national law enforcement units specialised in human trafficking;
  • creating joint investigation teams and involving Europol and Eurojust in all cross-border trafficking cases;
  • providing clear information to victims on their rights under EU law and national legislation, in particular their right to assistance and healthcare, their right to a residence permit and their labour rights; and
  • creating an EU mechanism to better identify, refer, protect and assist trafficked victims.

The strategy also establishes a European Business Coalition against trafficking of human beings to improve cooperation between companies and stakeholders; establishing an EU platform of civil society organisations and service providers working on victim protection and assistance in member states and third countries and supporting research projects examining the Internet and social networks as increasingly popular recruitment tools for traffickers.

The planned strategy will now go forward for discussion by the European Parliament and the Council.