Justice and Home Affairs : Commission to Revise Eu Action against Human Trafficking
A form of modern slavery, the trafficking of human beings in Europe remains highly profitable for those who practise it, and without major criminal risk. And this is going on despite efforts made by EU member states. Based on this pessimistic observation, on 16 October in Paris, EU Justice, Freedom and Security Commissioner Jacques Barrot presented his report on the implementation of the EU's action plan (2004-2009) against this kind of trafficking, which is taking place on an international scale.
To improve the situation, the commissioner announced the revision of two framework agreements, one from 2002 (2002/629/JHA) against the trafficking of human beings, the other from 2004 (2004/68/JHA) against the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography. In the first case, Barrot plans to create a non-punishment clause for the victims of trafficking who have violated immigration rules and the introduction of tools reinforcing both investigation and support capacities for victims. In the second case, he is set to propose putting in place a management system for sex offenders (individual diagnosis, risk assessment, therapy) and criminalising certain practices such as grooming' children over the internet or online sexual abuse. It may also be a matter of blocking access to sites with images of children being abused.
The commissioner presented his report in the context of the European Day against Trafficking, which takes place every 18 October. …