It is EU freedom of movement between countries that is enabling and encouraging this criminality. Whether its perpetrated against men, women, boys or girls, having no possibility of any checks at any border, obviously makes it easier than ever for people to be trafficked across our continent.
The UK government admits that EU free movement rules are helping organised criminal gangs to traffic and move not only illegal goods, but also people. In a report from 2014 on the balance of competences they say:
“Free movement within the EU is extensively exploited by organised criminals to bring illicit commodities including drugs, human trafficking victims, illegal immigrants and counterfeit goods to the UK.”
Europol admits that “the free movement of people and goods across the EU’s internal borders reduce the chances of detection”
Eurostat assert that 68% of people trafficked are women – this is indeed a shocking percentage, however, surely the aim should be to end trafficking altogether, not worry about what gender specific measures the commission should take?
Free movement rules makes trafficking easier for those who deal in human exploitation – we have to take steps to make this crime logistically impossible, and we have to punish the criminals; the punishment for this crime must be so severe, that it acts as an effective deterrent; only then will we be able to do something about this modern day form of slavery.