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The EU’s joint judicial authority, Eurojust, is struggling to get member states to stop human trafficking (The EUObserver, June 25, 2012)

Its president, Michele Coninsx, told this website that member states are withholding information. “We want them to inform us,” she said. She noted that only 10 out of 27 EU countries have implemented a 2009 EU decision that would require them to inform the agency of cases involving organised crime. The deadline for transposing the EU law expired in June 2011.

Trafficking people is exactly one of the things the EU should be able to fight, as a transnational and supranational organisation. And yet they fail.

The latest EU working paper on trafficking women is outdated – but can be read here.

And sadly this issue is also highly relevant for Israel… (US State Department’s 2012-report has thisto say about Israel). Ha’aretz gave that a positive spin somehow ( “Israel’s ranking in human trafficking report improves”, June 20,2012). So although Israel moved up in the ranks of countries doing at least something to fight this, the facts remain:

The report notes that while the Israeli government did improve its system of identifying and providing medical care for the victims of human trafficking, some of them continue to be abused in Israel, being forced into prostitution.