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EU Legislation

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The EU Anti-trafficking Directive 2011/36/EU

Directive 2011/36/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2011 on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2002/629/JHA (OJ L 101, 1 15.4.2011)

The Directive provides binding legislation to prevent trafficking, to prosecute criminals effectively and better to protect the victims, in line with the highest European standards.

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Council Directive 2004/81

Council Directive on the residence permit issued to third country-nationals who are victims of trafficking in human beings or who have been the subject of an action to facilitate illegal immigration, who cooperate with the competent authorities

29/04/2004, 5 pages

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Directive 2011/92/EU

Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2004/68/JHA

This Directive establishes minimum rules concerning the definition of criminal offences and sanctions in the area of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children, child pornography and solicitation of children for sexual purposes. It also introduces provisions to strengthen the prevention of those crimes and the protection of the victims thereof.

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Council Decision of 29 May 2000 to combat child pornography on the Internet

2000/375/JHA, 2000, 5 pages

With this Council Decision, the European Union aims to prevent and combat the production, processing, distribution and possession of child pornography on the Internet.

In order to intensify the measures to prevent and combat this crime, established focal points should be established for communication between Member States together with other channels such as Europol and Interpol. A dialogue between Member States and the industry should further eliminate child pornography on the Internet.

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Council Framework Decision of 15 March 2001 on the standing of victims in criminal proceedings

 2001/220/JHA, 2001, 4 pages

This Council Framework Decision provides for minimum rights for crime victims in criminal proceedings. It sets out provisions whereby victims are guaranteed the right to be heard, the opportunity to participate in the procedures, protection, compensation and access to mediation and to any relevant information. These rights should also be guaranteed when the offence was committed in another Member State.

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Council Framework Decision of 22 December 2003 on combating the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography

2004/68/JHA, 5 pages

The purpose of this Framework Decision is to approximate the laws and regulations in Member States in order to combat the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography. The Framework Decision introduces a base of common provisions on criminalisation, sanctions, aggravating circumstances, jurisdiction and assistance to victims.

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Council Framework of 24 October 2008 on the fight against organised crime

2008/841/JHA

The objective of the 24 October 2008 Council Framework Decision is to include closer cooperation between the EU Member States in order to counter the dangers and proliferation of criminal organiSations. By doing this,  the Framework Decision aims at responding effectively to requirements from the Member States' and to citizens' expectations.

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