France wakes up to human trafficking

by Beatrice Credi - 2016.03.10
France wakes up to human trafficking
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In France, about 2.5 million people are victims of human trafficking every year, a phenomenon that the country seems to be waking up to only now. In fact, it still doesn't have an adequate public policy in place to combat trafficking, having considered itself, until now, more of a transit state for trafficking. However, there are many cases within French borders, according to a document produced by the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH). The report states, for example, that the majority of human trafficking victims on French soil are children from the Balkans: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia. Moreover, in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of children from other countries, particularly Nigeria, Morocco, Afghanistan and China. The most widespread form of exploitation is forced begging and coercion into petty crime. Child victims of sexual exploitation are, however, a minority and so are those exploited through forced labour. The Commission therefore calls on the government to promote awareness campaigns, involving civil society to raise public awareness of the different types of trafficking and victims.

Published in Human Trafficking.
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