Kirkhope: Consistent approach will drive down montrous trade in human life

16-Apr-2013 @ 15:0

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Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Senior Conservative MEP Timothy Kirkhope today calledon all EU countries to adopt a serious and consistent approach to tackling humantrafficking after a new study showed thecrime increasing while convictions fell.

Mr Kirkhope, MEP for Yorkshire and The Humberand Conservative spokesman for Justice and Home Affairs, spoke out following thepublication of the EU Commission's first report on trafficking in human beingsin Europe.

The report showed that although the number of peoplebeing trafficked in and to the EU increased by 18 percent from 2008 to 2010,actual convictions had decreased by 13 percent over the same period.

Mr Kirkhope called upon member states which had not yet fully transposed theAnti-Trafficking Directive into their national legislation to do so. Thelegislation covers a wide range of areas including criminal law provisions andthe prosecution of offenders which will help put a stop to this monstrousactivity.

Mr Kirkhope said: "The new legislation and measuresto address trafficking in human beings have to be adequately transposed andimplemented by all member states in order to get control of and thus reduce theamount of human trafficking in and around the EU."

"If the directive is fully transposed, it has thepotential to have a really positive impact on the lives of the victims andprevent others from being affected by this crime in the future."

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