1. The Committee on Equality and
Non-Discrimination congratulates Mr Vernon Coaker (United Kingdom, SOC),
rapporteur of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced
Persons, on his report aimed at reviving and strengthening the action
against trafficking in human beings in Europe.
2. The committee supports the draft resolution and recommendation
and shares in particular the human rights-based approach adopted
by the rapporteur, as well as the strong support for the activities
of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings
(GRETA). The text furthermore underlines that the number of victims
of trafficking is increasing throughout Europe. This situation requires
awareness on the part of the authorities in all Council of Europe
member States and the adoption of effective policies, including
co-operation between them and with third countries.
3. The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination draws attention
to the fact that trafficking in human beings disproportionately
affects women (71% of victims are women and girls, according to
a study published by the European Parliament in 2016).
4. The committee considers that the gender dimension is of central
importance in the phenomenon of trafficking. This dimension must
be taken into account in any analysis of the trafficking of human
beings, as well as in the development and implementation of measures
to prevent and combat it. It is important that the resolution to
be adopted by the Assembly reflects this dimension and encourages
the recipients of the text to take it into account.