New Legislation to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings
On the 14th of December the European Parliament voted with a strong majority in favour of the Directive against trafficking in human beings that the Commission proposed in March 2010. This Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings, and protecting victims, will replace the Council Framework Decision from 2002.
Tougher penalties for traffickers and better protection for victims are the key aims of the new EU law on trafficking in human beings. This new legislation will apply to trafficking in human beings for illegal adoption, forced marriages, sexual exploitation or labour exploitation. It also covers trafficking for the exploitation of criminal activities.
The new Directive further reconciles discrepancies between the laws of the Member States. It obliges them to set up National Rapporteurs or equivalent mechanisms to be responsible for monitoring implementation of anti-trafficking policy at the national level.
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