EU states slow to respond to human trafficking - 15% victims are children

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19th April 2013

Only 6 out of the 27 EU Member States have fully transposed the EU Anti-Trafficking Directive into their national legislation, with the deadline having expired on 6th April 2013.

This is the most striking figure emerging from the first report on trafficking in human beings in Europe, published on Monday 15th of April 2013, by the European Commission.

The report highlights that the number of people being trafficked in and to the EU increased by 18% from 2008 to 2010, but less traffickers end up behind bars, since convictions decreased by 13% over the same period.

Figures also show that 15% of victims are children.

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