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EU outlines plan to combat human trafficking

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] has outlined its plan to combat human trafficking during a two-day conference, Tackling Human Trafficking [overview], stressing the importance of cooperation between member states in the effort to stem the flow of adults and children smuggled into countries to work for low wages or as prostitutes. EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini [official website] pressed member states to implement EU policies on trafficking, including one which offers asylum to victims who cooperate in investigations against their traffickers. The EU believes that more than one million people are trafficked yearly, nearly three quarters of them women and girls, the majority of which are forced into prostitution. The EU has background on the proposals [PDF]. BBC has more. EurActiv has additional coverage.

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