World Bulletin/News Desk
Human trafficking is the 21st century's modern form of slavery, and it concerns the entire European Union.
Germany’s Der Spiegel has quoted a report submitted to the European Parliament as saying the EU countries are home to branches of at least 3,600 international crime networks.
Trafficking in human beings is an extremely profitable business for organized crime and can take different forms of exploitation; from sexual exploitation and illegal adoption to forced labor, domestic work, illegal trade in human organs and begging. Human trafficking can target men and women as well as girls and boys of different nationalities, relying on threats, fraud, deception, and different forms of coercion and abduction.
The economic damage to the EU is estimated at hundreds of billions of euros a year.
The gangs earn 26 billion a year on illegal trade in endangered species and medical transplant material, and a similar sum, on human trafficking. About 900,000 people work in the EU as slaves, including some 270,000 as enslaved sex workers.
The European Parliament is to look into the report on October 23.
According to the Moscow Times article, the question to address is how to overcome this dramatic phenomenon and what measures to take to diminish the number of victims in the EU in general, but particularly in the Eastern Partnership countries.Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Ekim 2013, 11:25