Together Against Trafficking in Human Beings

The struggle of the European Union to realize a human rights-based approach to trafficking in human beings

The struggle of the European Union to realize a human rights-based approach to trafficking in human beings

Conny Rijken and Edffie de Volder, Connecticut Journal of Internatonal Law, 2009, Vol. 25:49, 32 pages

The article argues that EU law has largely neglected the human rights aspect of trafficking in its response. In order to realize a human rights-based approach a more balanced response including prosecution, protection and prevention must be employed involving policy areas as diverse as migration, labour, external relations and development. The article explores the extent to which EU actions in these areas have affected the fight against trafficking. It concludes that the EU has addressed trafficking in human beings in a fragmented way and proposes measures to move the EU towards a more 'integrated' and human rights-based approach to fighting trafficking.