Prepared by the European Women’s Lobby Centre on Violence against Women
The European Women’s Lobby welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for a new directive on trafficking in human beings, as this legal instrument aims at further approximating legislation and penalties, ensuring successful prosecution of perpetrators, better protection of and assistance to victims, and prevention of trafficking. The EWL particularly welcomes the focus on measures to assist, support and protect victims, and the inclusion of provisions aiming at preventing trafficking in human beings. The EWL nevertheless regrets that the entire proposal fails to adopt a gender perspective and therefore won’t be able to efficiently tackle the phenomenon of trafficking in women for sexual exploitation, which remains the most prevalent form of trafficking in human beings.
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