Human trafficking: MEPs to call on EU member states to protect victims 

EU member states should do more to protect victims of human trafficking, especially women, and take gender-specific prevention, assistance and support measures to help them, say MEPs in a draft resolution to be voted on Thursday. The text points out that EU legislation to protect victims of trafficking is not being properly implemented.

Women and children are particularly vulnerable to becoming victims of trafficking gangs, says the resolution, drafted by Catherine Bearder (ALDE, UK). Children should be registered upon their arrival and included in child protection systems, says the text.

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According to Europol, about 10,000 unaccompanied children have disappeared since arriving in the EU in 2015.

There were over 30,000 victims of trafficking registered in the EU between 2010 and 2012, 80% of them women. Children make up about 16% of registered victims of trafficking in human beings (THB) and girls up to 13%. Women and girls together comprise up to 95 % of those victims trafficked for sexual exploitation, whereas the majority of registered victims of labour exploitation are male (71 %).

70% of the identified victims of THB and 70% of suspected traffickers in the EU are EU nationals, and most reported victims of sexual exploitation are female EU nationals from Central and Eastern Europe.


According to ILO, profit of THB is estimated at some 150 USD billion a year.

Procedure: non-legislative resolution


Debate: Thursday, 12 May

Vote: Thursday, 12 May