Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Europe: Increased Trafficking in Women Due to EU Tolerance for Prostitution

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - According to the UN, 79% of trafficking in human beings is for sexual exploitation. Unsurprisingly therefore, more than 80% of these victims are women. To mark its third Anti-trafficking Day, the EU will hold a Ministerial conference on 19-20 October which will focus on global partnerships from a European security and justice perspective. Commenting on this upcoming event, Brigitte Triems, President of EWL/EPACVAW, says: 'The European Women's Lobby (EWL) and its European Policy Action Centre on Violence Against Women (EPACVAW) regret that the conference will not address trafficking in human beings from a gender equality perspective and tackle the real root causes of trafficking in women for sexual exploitation.'

'It is time for the EU and its Member States, to examine the factors that make them attractive all over the world for trafficking in women for sexual purposes', declares Colette De Troy, EPACVAW Director. 'The EU must recognise that its tolerance for the prostitutional system in Europe, coupled with the persistence of historically unequal power relations between women and men, leads to an amplified acceptance of men's use of and control over women's bodies and therefore an increased intensity of male violence against women'...


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