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Presentation of the French National Plan of Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings 2014-2016

Wednesday 28 May 2014

Following the speech by President Hollande on the National Day of Commemoration of the Abolition of Trafficking and Slavery on May 10, 2013, Mme Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister for Women’s Rights, Cities, Youth and Sport presented the National Plan of Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings 2014-2016 at the Council of Ministers, on Wednesday 14 May, 2014.

A multi-institutional task-force had been established in May 2008 but its work had been interrupted in 2010.

In order to further its lobbying activities, the Secours Catholique sought to bring together the practical expertise of organisations which specialise in combatting trafficking in human beings by creating the Collective “Together Against Trafficking in Human Beings,” a network of twenty –three French associations which is coordinated by the Secours Catholique. The Secours Catholique and its partners in the Collective were also in the process of elaborating a National Plan of Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings. The Collective had in fact met with Mme Najat Vallaud-Belkacem on 3 February, 2014, to make known the Collective’s principle expectations and demands.

While not all of these demands were adhered to by the Government, the launch of the National Plan of Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings is nonetheless welcomed by the Collective.

However, the Collective will remain vigilant during the implementation of the Plan. In the first place, it is important that sufficient funds are dedicated to combatting trafficking. In this regard, it must be noted that the funds dedicated to the National Plan are to be designated in 2015, even though an awareness campaign is expected to begin in 2014. It is equally important that the resources are spread among all forms of trafficking in human beings so that all victims receive equal protection. Many measures in the National Plan introduce distinctions between different forms of trafficking in a manner which the Collective finds discriminatory. The policy of combatting human trafficking should not be limited to combatting prostitution. In addition, victims of trafficking, who may have been forced to commit crimes, should always be treated as victims rather than offenders, whether they are adults or minors.

The following documents are available only in French:

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French National Plan of Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings 2014-2016
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Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings: the State Mobilises

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