La Strada, 2008, 116 pages
The report explores the link between trafficking in women and the violation of women's rights nine La Strada countries (Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, and Ukraine).
The report finds that although human trafficking affects both men and women, it is not a gender-neutral phenomenon. Gender-based factors that increase vulnerability to trafficking are therefore vital when understanding the phenomenon. It particularly highlights threat of violence, discrimination, unequal opportunities in the labour market and restricted migration rules.
On the basis of the findings presented in this report, La Strada urges governments to respect, protect and promote human rights and especially women's enjoyment of human rights -disregarding of their legal status - in order to prevent and combat human trafficking.
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