GRETA publishes report on France
The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has urged the French authorities to take a number of steps to improve the country’s fight against trafficking in human beings.
In its first report on human trafficking in France, GRETA called upon the authorities to launch a co-ordinated national anti-trafficking action plan as a matter of priority. The expert group also recommended that a nation-wide referral mechanism be set up to formally identify victims of trafficking and ensure that they are helped and protected.
The report underlined gaps in data collection and the identification of emerging trends, especially with regard to labour exploitation. Nevertheless, there are indications that there may be several thousand victims of human trafficking in France every year. The number of child victims of trafficking is thought to be increasing, notably with regard to children of Roma origin trafficked from South East Europe to take part in forced begging and theft.