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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Gender Equality Strategy (debate)

  Lívia Járóka (PPE), in writing. – The phenomenon of sexual exploitation is full of gender inequality. The majority of humans providing sexual services are women and a majority of them are trafficked into the sex industry by male pimps. These women are victims of sexual trafficking and exploitation. Of all the registered victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation in Europe, 95% are female. Unfortunately, Roma are one of the most vulnerable and more affected group. Paternalistic societies are at the core of that. The demand for sexual services is also mostly coming from men. This means there are several types of power imbalances between men and women in the sex industry. These women also suffer emotional and physical abuse. Violence against women is also a part of gender inequality. This gender inequality is a European problem; trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation is a transnational problem. The victims are trafficked across Europe. Human trafficking and sexual exploitation are fuelled by prostitution. The reintegration of victims of human trafficking can be added to the Gender Equality Strategy as well, so as to facilitate and encourage the Member States to support such programmes.

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