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Tuesday, 14 December 2010 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Explanations of vote

Text tabled : A7-0348/2010

  Maria do Céu Patrão Neves (PPE), in writing. (PT) A policy to prevent and combat human trafficking is a fundamental issue at the heart of the EU. I share the objective of creating tougher rules in this area, an environment which is hostile to human traffickers, greater protection for victims and more rigorous prevention measures. I thus agree with the European Parliament proposal to create an Anti-Trafficking Coordinator. I also wish to emphasise the positive nature of the proposed penalties, particularly a prison term of up to 10 years and the possibility of ‘seizing the assets’ of the criminal, as well as of the Council proposal which urges Member States to use the seized assets for the purpose of assisting and protecting the victims, including compensating them.

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