20/10, the European Commission, in cooperation with the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will organise a conference to mark the Ninth EU Anti-Trafficking Day, with the participation of the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, experts, civil society and MEPs. The high-level conference entitled "Time for Concrete Action: Implementing the Legal and Policy Framework on Trafficking in Human Beings", will focus on the implementation of the ambitious EU legal and policy framework to address trafficking in human beings.
Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, who will be opening the conference, said: "Potentially many thousands of people fall victim to human trafficking each year, and are often exploited in coercive or inhumane conditions. It is a heinous crime that knows no borders or pity and we must follow the profits and the demand that fuel it. We must crack down on the criminal networks, ensure victims have access to their rights, and ensure that those who exploit them are punished. And we have both the legal and moral responsibility to do so urgently".