Together Against Trafficking in Human Beings

2012

2012

The Party of European Socialists (PES) Women welcomes the new EU strategy

The EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking of Human Beings received a warm welcome from the Party of European Socialists (PES).

PES Women notes the significant measures taken by the Commission including the attention for the gender and children perspective. However, PES Women President Zita Gurmai points out that the attention on the gender dimension should be strengthened.

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Mirror Project

“Developing agreed methodology of identification and referral for trafficking for labour exploitation: guaranteeing the victims the access to protection”

Promoter

ACCEM – Spain, www.accem.es

Partners of the project:

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First annual report of the Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group on Human Trafficking

Secretary of State for the Home Department, October 2012, 107 pages

This report sets out an assessment of human trafficking in the UK by the Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group on Human Trafficking (IDMG).

It notes that the UK has already achieved significant progress in the fight against trafficking. It recognises that any response must be able to quickly adapt and evolve to keep pace with the traffickers. Three key areas have been identified where further concerted effort is needed to improve and strengthen the UK’s approach:

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New GRETA report on Romania

On the 31st of May 2012 the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published its evaluation report on Romania.

In the report, GRETA recognizes the efforts made by the Romanian authorities to tackle trafficking in human beings. Among the measures adopted, Romania has set up the National Agency against Trafficking in Persons, has introduced a national identification and referral mechanism for victims of trafficking and implemented the anti-trafficking legislation.

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ILO 2012 Global estimate of forced labour

On the 1st of June 2012 the new ILO Global estimate of forced labour has been launched.

According to the report 20.9 million women, men and children are suffering in forced labour.

The head of the ILO’s Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour, Beate Andrees, says that ILO has made good progress ensuring most countries now have legislation which criminalises forced labour, human trafficking and slavery-like practices. Attention should now turn to better identification and prosecution of forced labour and related offences such as human trafficking.

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