Human trafficking is a modern ugly term for an even uglier term, slavery.
Human trafficking takes place throughout the world. 20.9 million people are victims of human trafficking, with hundreds of thousands of them in Europe.
The people are physically and mentally threatened and forced into labour, kept for human organs or sexually exploited.
According to the European Commission: “Women and children are particularly affected: women and girls represent 56 % of victims of forced economic exploitation and 98 % of victims of forced commercial sexual exploitation. Children are also trafficked to be exploited for begging or illegal activities, such as petty theft.”
Human trafficking and human traffickers are often linked to organised crime – it’s considered as one of the most profitable criminal activities worldwide.
The EU is looking to stamp out human trafficking, and has adopted a new directive to protect the victims while using the full weight of the law against criminals.
In 2012, the EU also updated its 2005 action plan, which has drawn up a set of concrete and practical measures to be implemented over the next five years. They call it their Four P plan, focussing on Prevention; Prosecution; Protection; and Partnerships.
Watch the video to find out what the Four P plan entails and how we can all help make human trafficking a thing of the past.
And as the film says, to pay tribute to the victims, October 18 has been designated as the EU’s anti-trafficking day.
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