Wednesday, December 22, 2010

EU launches a new website in fight against human trafficking

From the December EU News Brief:

The European Commission launched a new website dedicated to the fight against trafficking in human beings.

"Trafficking in human beings is an extremely serious crime and a gross violation of human rights, which can be classified as a modern form of slavery," said EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. "My intention with this website is to raise awarenes! s of the problem and to show what is being done at EU-level and in the Member States to fight this injustice. It is my hope that the website will also help to promote exchange of ideas and cooperation between all organizations and people involved in the fight against trafficking in human beings and the protection of victims."

The European Commission also appointed Ms. Myria Vassiliadou to serve as the first EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator.

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