Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits France

Strasbourg, 10 April 2012 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a country visit to France from 26 to 30 March 2012. The visit was organised in the context of the first round of evaluation of the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (2010-2013).

During the visit, the GRETA delegation held consultations with Mr Alexandre Lallet, Adviser to the Prime Minister on justice, civil liberties and institutional matters, Mr Olivier Weber, Ambassador for the fight against organised crime and trafficking in human beings, Ms Marie Derain, Children’s Commissioner, Deputy to the Ombudsman, Ms Catherine Teitgen-Colly and Mr Pierre Lyon-Caen, members of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights, and Mr Guy Geoffroy, Member of the National Assembly and Rapporteur for the parliamentary report on prostitution in France.

Meetings were held with representatives of the Ministry of Justice and with prosecutors and judges of the Lyon Inter-regional Specialised Court, the Crime Victims Compensation Commission of the First Instance Court of Lyon, and the National School for the Judiciary. The GRETA delegation also met representatives of the Ministry of the Interior, including of the Directorates General of the National Police and the National Gendarmerie, the five central offices of criminal investigation led by the Gendarmerie or the Police, the Paris Prefecture of Police, and the Prefecture of the Rhône Department. Furthermore, the delegation held meetings with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Social Cohesion, the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Health, and the Ministry of Education. The delegation also met representatives of the Bureau for Immigration and Integration, the Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons, the National Court of Asylum, and the Office for Equality between Women and Men of the City of Paris.

In addition, the GRETA delegation met representatives of non-governmental organisations and civil society active in combating trafficking in human beings, barristers specialised in human trafficking from the Paris Bar Association, and representatives of the International Organisation for Migration in France.

In the course of the visit, the GRETA delegation visited two shelters which can accommodate victims of human trafficking located in Lyon and Grenoble.

The visit was carried out by Ms Leonor Rodrigues and Mr Robert Stratoberdha, members of GRETA, who were accompanied by Mr Gerald Dunn and Ms Clémence Bouquemont of the Anti-Trafficking Secretariat.

On the basis of the information gathered during the visit and the reply from the French authorities to GRETA’s questionnaire, GRETA will prepare a draft report containing an analysis of the implementation of the Convention by France and suggestions for further action. This draft report will be transmitted to the French authorities for comments, which will be taken into account by GRETA when establishing its final report. GRETA’s final report will be made public, together with possible final comments by the French authorities.