Human trafficking is the forcible exploitation of a person against their will. Not only is it one of the fastest growing crimes in the world, but 15,846 victims were registered in the EU between 2013 and 2014, and 71% of the victims were women and girls. With the migration crisis ongoing, Parliament continues to prioritise the fight against human trafficking.
"I was 24 years old, I have a decent education, I'm physically fit, 'How could this happen to me?' sort of thing. A guy pulled up next to me, in a car, a quite expensive car. He said that as well as working he'd give me somewhere to stay. We were working up to 15 hours a day. I've seen people attacked with work tools, with spades, with pickaxes. It's really, really difficult for people to understand that it could happen to anybody." Human trafficking is the exploitation of a person against their will by use of force. It's the one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. 15,846 victims were registered in the EU between 2013 and 2014 Trafficked for sexual exploitation, labour, organs and domestic servitude. Most are women and girls... More than half are under 25... In 2011, the EU adopted a directive aimed at the prevention of human trafficking effectively prosecuting criminals, and better protecting the victims. "Cross-border policing, joint investigative teams and the work of Europol are all essential. But that is not enough, we must continue to raise the issue, educate the people to see the signs and report those signs to make sure that we can fight these crimes together, which are cross-border and very complex by their very nature." With the migration crisis ongoing, Parliament continues to prioritise the fight against human trafficking.