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The gains and the loopholes of the EU Proposal for the Directive on Human Trafficking

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DatePublished - 2011
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)29-36
Original languageEnglish


EU Directive on Prosecuting and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Protecting Victims: Will it be effective?
This article discussed the effectiveness and loopholes of the Directive on Human Trafficking adopted the 21 of March 2011. The aim of the new text is to create more robust framework and to empower the Union with stronger tools to prevent the crime, to prosecute offenders and to protect the victims. It is designed to provide a level playing field between various legal frameworks: the EU, Human Rights, UN and the ILO Conventions. The Directive's vision is to adopt holistic, victim-centred and human rights' approach in combating human trafficking. It offers a stronger definition of human trafficking, considers the offences, approximation of penalties and it envisages the non-penalisation clause regarding the victims. It provides for an extensive protection of the victims during criminal proceedings and after. This article evaluates the main gains of the Directive. Does it introduce the mechanisms that are powerful enough to make a change? Is the new text compelling enough?

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