International legislation


Trafficking for sexual exploitation is the most commonly reported form of human trafficking in the European Union Under international and European Union law, trafficking of women for sexual exploitation is firmly established as a form of violence against women. 95% of registered victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation in the EU are women or girls.[1]

The EU’s anti-trafficking strategy identifies gender inequalities as being amongst the root causes of trafficking in human beings. The EU recognises in its policy and legal framework that trafficking in human beings is a gender-specific phenomenon and it calls on Member States to adopt gender-specific measures against trafficking in human beings.

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