‘One who is another’s property, helpless victim of some dominating influence’, you might be forgiven for thinking this is the definition of trafficking. In fact it`s the definition of Slavery. Something we all thought was long since abolished. Trafficking is today`s slavery. Trafficking of people, be it women, men or children is a criminal offence and on the increase in all member states. Extreme poverty, family breakdown and domestic violence contribute to some of the root causes of human trafficking. In the UK we estimate approximately 5,000 victims, of which 330 are children.

The ECR group welcome this debate. National governments, law enforcement agencies and border control agencies need work together.

Initiatives must be member state driven and EU supported.