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EU Funding: Forced prostitution - counter measures debated by MEPs

Mercredi 4 juin 2008
 
 

 European funds

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 Grants in the framework of the overall Community programme for employment and social solidarity actions
 Grants for experience and information exchanges on good practices in term of equality opportunities between women and men

Building on what they believe to be their success in raising the issue of forced prostitution prior to the 2006 World Cup, the Women’s Rights Committee Wednesday launches a debate on the issue ahead of the European football championships

As MEPs gather for 2 days of debate they will table an oral question to the European Commission asking what steps are being taken. They fear that an influx of fans could tempt people traffickers to force women into prostitution.
The curse of people trafficking continues to affect over 2 million worldwide a year, according to the International Labour Organisation. Over 40% are believed to be exploited in the sex industry. Two years ago, to coincide with International Women’s Day and ahead of the World Cup in Germany the Women’s Rights Committee launched the “Red Card to forced prostitution” campaign.

Austria and Switzerland will jointly host Euro 2008. Austrian Socialist Christa Prets drafted a report on trafficking two years ago.

 
  Source:
European Parliament

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