EU Open Door Day 2013: EU Addressing Trafficking in Human Beings
4th of May, Berlaymont Building, Bruxelles
Trafficking in human beings is a modern form of slavery and a gross violation of human rights. It is also considered to be one of the most profitable criminal activities worldwide. Several hundred thousand people a year are trafficked to or within the EU alone for the purpose of sexual exploitation, forced labour – both in homes and businesses - or the removal of organs. Children are also used for begging or petty theft.
The everyday existence of this terrible crime in our modern society must not be forgotten. We should be aware that people are being bought and sold, even today, even in Brussels.
The aim of the EU Open Day is to raise awareness about what trafficking in human beings is, and what the EU does to combat this cross-border crime.
At 17:30 in the afternoon, the Serbian film Sisters (Sestre, dir. Vladimir Paskljević. 85min, English subtitles, 16+) will be screened.
The film tells the story of two Serbian sisters who hope for a better life in Italy, but fall in the hands of ruthless traffickers. It is a grim story, with hope at the end.
The projection will be followed by a debate on the subject of trafficking in human beings with participation of:
- Mr Wim Bontinck, Unit leader, Central Unit Trafficking in Human Beings, Belgian Federal Police
- Mr Jean Francois Minnet, Attaché, Ministry of Justice, Chairmanship – Bureau of the Interdepartmental Coordination Platform against THB
- Koen Dewulf, Representative of the Belgian Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism
- Ms Sarah De Hovre, Director, vzw PAG-ASA asbl
- Ms Sophie Jekeler, Director, Foundation SAMILIA-FUP
- Ms Viviane Teitlebaum, President of Council of French-Speaking Women of Belgium
- Ms Mia Åsenius, Head of Cabinet of Cecilia MALMSTRÖM, EU Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs
You are invited to join us at Les Brigittines, salle Mezzo, Petite Rue des Brigittines 1, 1000 Brussels.
Pre-event drinks are served at 17.30, the screening begins at 18.00.
The event is free, but please register your participation by sending an email to HOME-NEWS@ec.europa.eu