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Slavery Abolition Day: ‘Europe must do more to end the human tragedy of modern slavery’

 “Human trafficking and sexual exploitation are among the worst forms of modern slavery, as was already identified nearly 70 years ago under the UN Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others of 2 December 1949.

In the wake of growing migration to Europe, these forms of modern slavery have increased exponentially throughout Europe over the past few years. Undocumented, single female and unaccompanied child migrants constitute prime victims of modern slavery due to their high vulnerability. Hundreds of thousands of migrants are exploited every day in homes, in agriculture, in factories and in the streets of Europe,” said Vernon Coaker (United Kingdom, SOC), rapporteur on concerted action against human trafficking of the PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons.

He emphasised: “The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on 2 December must be a stark reminder for us all that, under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, governments of the world have committed themselves to end modern slavery and human trafficking by the year 2030. But Europe is far from achieving this. We must, therefore, work together across borders in Europe and internationally, in order to confront this immense human tragedy.”

“2019 will mark the 70th anniversaries both of this UN Convention and of the Council of Europe. I call on my fellow parliamentarians in the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly to join forces in ending all forms of slavery in Europe before 2030 in accordance with Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings,” the rapporteur concluded.