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For further actions in the fight against trafficking in women. Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament. COM (98) 726 final, 9 December 1998

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COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 09.12.1998 COM(1998) 726 final COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCil... AND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT FOR FURTHER ACTIONS IN TRE FIGHT AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN GENE~ INTRODUCTiON CONTEXT Since the Commission's first Communication a't the end of 1996 on trafficking in women for the purpose of sexual exploitation 1, public concern about this matter and , in the same period international co-operation have risen considerably .. . . In particular, the European Institutions (Council, Parliament and Commission) as ~ell as European NGOs .have actively contributed, , t() Jhe increase in the general awareness of this unacceptable violation ofwomeri's human rights.· A number of initiatives have been taken either at European level or in a.Ssociation with partners· in third countries and· with specialised organisations. Despite this unprecedented mobilisation, there. is ample evidence thatlarge numbers of women continue to be trafficked into EU Member States and into other developed countries. They are often forced into prostitution, frequently in conditions akin to slavery. The main flow is coming fronyor through the candidate countries. This trafficking is often carried out by professional criminal organisations. New networks are created constantly, and their methods become increasingly ruthless. "This is a. worrying trend for the European Union. Projects in this field, as well as multidisciplinary exchanges of information by experts and research work have, over the last two years, led to a better understanding of this t}rpe of organised criminal activity and have enabled certain shortcomings in our efforts to be identified. · The objectives of this new Commuriication are:. to assure that the question ·of trafficking in women for sexual exploitation reinains high on the political agenda of the EU and that Member States are encouraged to fully implement their legal obligations. · - to re

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