EU must do more to fight child trafficking

Child Trafficking in the EU - Challenges, perspectives and good practices - (c) Patrick Sheándell O'Carrol/PhotoAlto
Child Trafficking in the EU - Challenges, perspectives and good practices - (c) Patrick Sheándell O'Carrol/PhotoAlto
On 7 July, the FRA released a report on ‘Child Trafficking in the European Union - Challenges, perspectives and good practices'. The report notes that many children fall victim to trafficking every year and that there are few convictions in child trafficking cases. Overall, the report finds that the EU must do more to address the issue and calls for better legislation to combat child trafficking.FRA Director Morten Kjaerum: "Every year, a significant number of children in the EU fall victim to trafficking for sexual exploitation, labour exploitation, adoption and organ extraction. These are alarming signals. We must make every possible effort to protect and support these children".

In July 2007, the European Commission asked the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) to develop indicators to measure how the rights of the child are implemented, protected, respected and promoted in the EU Member States. The indicators were published by the Agency in March 2009.
In October 2007, the European Commission requested that the Agency started collecting data on the basis of these indicators. Following a consultation meeting with other international organisations and the European Commission in Vienna, in April 2008, it was agreed that the FRA's first thematic study on the rights of the child would focus on child trafficking.