Trafficking is the modern form of slavery and a disgrace for all of us.
The majority of victims of trafficking are women and girls. Between 2013 and 2014, the EU’s Member States reported more than 15,000 victims of human trafficking, and the number of victims continues to rise, while the number of convictions against traffickers is decreasing.
As a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, I participated during the 2009-2014 parliamentary term in the work of designing the Anti-Trafficking Directive. It’s a uniform human trafficking law that defines the crime in the same way throughout Europe, where the punishment is harmonised and each member state is obligated to assist victims with legal, medical and psychological support.