annual report, published today, the Council of Europe‚Äôs anti-trafficking
GRETA (Group of experts on action against trafficking in human beings) has
urged countries across the continent to step up the fight against human
‚ÄúHuman trafficking is a European tragedy. Today‚Äôs report shows that women, men
and children are falling victim to sexual abuse, labour exploitation or being
forced into criminality in countries across the continent,‚ÄĚ said Council of
Europe Secretary General Thorbj√łrn Jagland.
‚ÄúMany victims are still
not being properly recognised or given the support that they need. Furthermore,
problems with investigations and prosecutions mean that traffickers are not
being sufficiently punished for their crimes.
organisations, national authorities and non-governmental bodies must work
together to help put an end to these shocking human rights abuses, which have no
place in 21st century Europe,‚ÄĚ he said.
The Group of Experts on
Trafficking in Human Beings monitors how well countries implement the Council of
Europe‚Äôs convention on fighting human trafficking (CETS
No.197). 37 Council of Europe countries, including 22 EU member states, are
so far bound by the convention.
identifies a number of key trends emerging from GRETA‚Äôs first ten
country-by-country monitoring reports, covering Albania, Austria, Bulgaria,
Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Georgia, Moldova, Romania and the Slovak Republic.
Daniel H√∂ltgen, Spokesperson for the Secretary General, mobile +33 6 68 29
Media Officer, mobile: + 33 6 75 65 03 41
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