Human trafficking: MEPs call on EU member states to protect victims better

Publication date

13 May 2016

EU member states should do more to protect victims of human trafficking, especially women, and take gender-specific prevention, assistance and support measures to help them, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday.

The text points out that EU legislation to protect victims of trafficking is not being properly enforced. Although progress has been made in the fight against international trafficking gangs, too often victims are not being given the help they are entitled to under EU law.

MEPs concluded that to help to ensure that victims of trafficking receive adequate support and assistance to get their lives back on track, member states should grant victims residence permits and access to their labour markets.

Furthermore, victims of trafficking are often required to give evidence in criminal cases against traffickers and therefore they need to be present, which is not always possible under the current rules.

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