Migration and Home Affairs

EU Anti-Trafficking Day: Commission calls for an end to impunity for human traffickers

Friday, 18 October, 2019

To mark the 13th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the European Commission is urging Member States to end the impunity of traffickers by stepping up prevention efforts and bringing perpetrators to justice.

Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said: “Trafficking in human beings has no place in European societies. Despite efforts by Member States as well as Europol involvement, the level of investigations, prosecutions and convictions in Europe remains too low for a crime that brings astronomical profits for the perpetrators. For as long as we allow this culture of impunity to reign, we fail each and every victim we are here to help. We must step up our efforts to enhance prevention, investigation and prosecution while ensuring better protection of trafficking victims.

EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, Myria Vassiliadou, added: “Traffickers take advantage of those most vulnerable: women and girls remain the overwhelming majority of the victims, mainly trafficked for sexual exploitation in the EU. We must address all challenges, including the demand for the services and goods provided by the victims.” The EU has a robust legal and policy framework in place aimed at eradicating trafficking in human beings. The EU Anti-Trafficking Directive, which lies at the heart of this framework, establishes robust provisions on victims' protection, assistance and support as well as on prevention and prosecution of the crime.

More information on the EU actions and work of the EU Anti-trafficking Coordinator, is available in the publication “EU anti-trafficking action 2017-2019: at a glance”, and on the EU Anti-trafficking Website.

(For more information: Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Kasia Kolanko – Tel.: +32 229 63444)