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Contribution to the Draft Report of the European Expert Group on Trafficking in Human Beings

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Contribution to the Draft Report of the European Expert Group on Trafficking in Human Beings
European Women’s Lobby (EWL)
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Guidelines/Recommendations, Research/Study/Analysis,
Return; Law enforcement; Anti-corruption strategies; Money laundering; Seizure of assets; Restitution; Compensation, Remuneration; Awareness raising; Social inclusion; Protection; Reflection period; Residence permit; Witness protection; Individual complaint mechanisms; Data collection: National Rapporteurs; Data exchange; Human rights approach, Root causes, Sexual exploitation, Labour exploitation, Definition (of trafficking); Holistic approach, Integrated approach; Migration, European Union, Justice and Home Affairs, Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, Vulnerability, Migration policy; Economic migration; Migrant rights; Free movement, National Referral Mechanisms; European Anti-Trafficking Network;
According to Article 3(3) of Commission Decision of 25 March 2003 setting up a consultative group, to be known as the "Experts Group on Trafficking in Human Beings", the Group shall submit a report to the Commission in order to assist the latter with a view to launching further concrete proposals at European level. The Commission intends to issue a communication on trafficking in human beings in 2005. Against this background the draft report of the Experts Group was discussed with interested governments, organisations and stakeholders at a workshop organised by the Commission on 26 October 2004: EWL has taken note of the Report of the Expert Group on Trafficking and supports most of the recommendations of the report, namely those that call: To place Human rights at the centre of further developments and measures against trafficking in human beings; The need for a holistic and integrated approach; The provision of assistance and protection for all victims of trafficking; The refusal to consider victims as illegal immigrants and the need to promote a gender sensitive immigration policy at the EU level. However, the EWL has serious concerns about some aspects of the report. The main critics concern 1) the partial use/misuse of the UN Protocol definition of trafficking, which, as the report states, “contains a worldwide recognised definition”; 2) the lack of prevention analysis and recommendations. EU Commission documentation centre on trafficking in human beings:
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