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Trafficking campaign victory!

We've won our campaign! The UK Government annouced in March 2011 that it intended to opt into a new EU Directive to tackle human trafficking, and on the 9th May 2011 this was formally approved by Parliament. Over 47,000 supporters signed our joint petition with 38 Degrees, ECPAT UK and the Independent on Sunday which was delivered to No.10 Downing Street.  Thank you for all your support - we could not have done it without you!

Read our press statement here

Briefing EU Trafficking Directive


The new EU law (directive) on human trafficking is designed to bolster current international anti-trafficking efforts by ensuring cooperation and common standards across the EU for the prosecution of traffickers and the protection of victims.

If incorporated into British law the Directive would create extra provisions to protect victims of trafficking, including witness protection. It would also make it easier to convict traffickers via the creation of a common EU definition which is broadened to include people forced into begging, alongside enabling EU member states to prosecute perpetrators of trafficking offences carried out in other member states.


Traffickers do not respect national borders therefore a robust cross-border approach and coordinated EU action is imperative in order to tackle it, especially as many victims are now trafficked across Europe from new member states such as Romania and Bulgaria.

The proposed EU law would enhance much needed protection for victims of trafficking and increase prosecutions of traffickers across the 27 European Union member states.

Anti-Slavery campaigners delivery 47,000 signatures to No.10 Downing Street calling for the UK to opt into the EU Trafficking Directive
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