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  • Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on the EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016

    At its Plenary Session of 31 January and 1 February 2013, the Committee of the Regions adopted an opinion on "The EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016".

    The Committee of the Regions welcomes the strategy and stresses that the implementation of the strategy will require a coherent and multidisciplinary approach with the involvement of a very diverse group of actors, including authorities at different levels, law‑enforcement, public service workers, civil society and volunteer groups. The proximity of certain cities and regions to the points of entry of trafficked individuals and/or to the places where exploitation takes place gives a greater opportunity to identify and support victims of trafficking, and also to engage in awareness-raising initiatives in close collaboration with civil society and for the direct benefit of trafficked persons and the citizens in general.

    Nevertheless, the Committee points out that the European Commission should in future more clearly prioritise and extend the various measures that exist to counter demand and urges the Commission to make a clearer distinction between demand relating to 1) labour exploitation, 2) sexual services and 3) the sexual exploitation of children.

    The CoR welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to develop knowledge relating to the gender dimension of trafficking and vulnerable groups, but at the same time urges the Commission not to focus on the gender dimension only in terms of victims but also to bear in mind that there are clear differences between the sexes in terms of demand.

    The full text of the opinion is available in all EU official languages on (Opinion CdR 1564/2012 final). Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the CIVEX secretariat on 02/282 2502 or via email at