Motion for a resolution - B6-0160/2006Motion for a resolution
B6-0160/2006

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

8.3.2006

further to Question for Oral Answer B6‑0008/06
pursuant to Rule 108(5) of the Rules of Procedure
by the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
on forced prostitution in the framework of world sports events

Procedure : 2006/2508(RSP)
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B6-0160/2006
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B6-0160/2006
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B6‑0160/2006

European Parliament resolution on forced prostitution in the framework of world sports events

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to International Women's Day on 8 March 2006,

–  having regard to Article 5 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union[1], which states that 'trafficking in human beings is prohibited',

–  having regard to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination, which entered into force on 4 January 1969,

–  having regard to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) of 18 December 1979,

–  having regard to the recent communication from the Commission entitled 'Fighting trafficking in human beings - an integrated approach and proposals for an action plan',

–  having regard to its resolution of 17 January 2006 on strategies to prevent the trafficking of women and children vulnerable to sexual exploitation (A6-0400/2005)

–  having regard to Rule 108(5) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas trafficking in human beings, particularly women and children, for sexual or other forms of exploitation, is one of the most serious human rights violations and whereas such trafficking is increasing as organised crime expands and becomes more profitable,

B.  whereas forced prostitution, as a form of exploitation of women and children, is a major problem damaging not only to the women and children concerned, but also to society as a whole,

C.  whereas experience has shown that any major sporting event at which large numbers of people congregate results in a temporary and spectacular increase in the demand for sexual services,

D.  whereas most trafficked women are victims of organised crime, having been recruited with the help of false documents, lured by job offers and often deceived by false promises of legitimate employment, before being forced to work as prostitutes,

E.  whereas if all Member States followed practices such as effective use of communications tools and coherent awareness campaigns, with the involvement of the media and well-know sports personalities, this could have a positive influence on changing the way people think and behave,

1.  Welcomes the campaign launched by the German National Council of Women entitled 'Showing the red card to forced prostitution' and calls for cross-border cooperation and exchanges of best practice; stresses the need for an integrated Europe-wide campaign and therefore calls on the Member States to launch and promote the 'Red card' campaign in close cooperation with all parties concerned, in other words the relevant NGOs, the police, law enforcement agencies, churches and medical services;

2.  Calls on Germany to set up a multilingual telephone hotline followed by a high-profile publicity campaign designed to provide the necessary information and assistance to women forced into prostitution and other victims, who frequently find themselves isolated in residential units or industrial zones, unable to speak the language of the country of transit or destination and with no basic information on whom to turn to or what to do;

3.  Calls on the International Olympic Committee and sports associations, including FIFA, UEFA, the German Football Association and others, as well as sportsmen and -women themselves, to support the 'Red card' campaign and roundly condemn trafficking in human beings and forced prostitution;

4.  Calls on the Commission and Member States to launch a Europe-wide campaign during international sports events to inform and educate the general public, and particularly sportsmen and -women, sports fans and supporters, about the scale of the problem of forced prostitution and trafficking in human beings and, most importantly, to seek to curb demand by raising awareness among potential clients;

5.  Calls on the Commission and Member States to launch a prevention campaign targeting potential victims and informing them of the risks and dangers of becoming caught up in human trafficking networks and thus becoming victims of forced prostitution and sexual exploitation;

6.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the governments of the Member States, the applicant countries and the countries in the process of accession.