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World Day against Trafficking: we need to do more to protect victims

“On the eve of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons (30 July 2022), I call on everyone to speak out against the immense suffering and abuse inflicted on huge numbers of victims of trafficking,” said Theodoros Rousopoulos (Greece, EPP/CD), Chair of the Migration Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). “With statistics reflecting only the tip of the iceberg, it’s estimated that tens of millions of victims endure human trafficking globally every day. Many of them are trafficked across borders, creating illegal profits for organised crime groups that are estimated at more than 100 billion euros annually.”

He added: “Following the priority given to action against human trafficking by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Council of Europe member States in Helsinki in 2019, Europe has been in a better position to react to the trafficking risks faced by millions of displaced Ukrainians since February 2022. However, more needs to be done by parliaments to improve law and practice, by the judiciary to bring traffickers to justice and protect victims, as well as by our societies to raise awareness of this modern form of slavery. I appeal to my parliamentary colleagues across Europe to join forces to take more determined action to stamp out trafficking.”