Letter to Mme Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister for Women’s Rights, 15 February, 2013
Thursday 14 February 2013
The Collective ’Together Against Trafficking in Human Beings’ wrote to Mme Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister for Women’s Rights, upon the creation of an inter-ministerial taskforce on violence against women and the trafficking of human beings and the publication of the GRETA Report on France.
The beginning of 2013 saw two important events regarding the fight against trafficking in human beings in France.
First of all, there was the decree of 3 January 2013. Decree 2013-7 announced the creation of an inter-ministerial taskforce with two mandates: to protect women from violence and to combat trafficking in human beings. Regarding trafficking in human beings, the inter-ministerial taskforce is charged with coordinating key players at a national level and assuring compliance with the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings (16 May 2005) in conjunction with GRETA.
On 28 January, 2013, the first GRETA Report on France was published. This report highlights a number of difficulties facing France in regard to the fight against trafficking in human beings, noting in particular that France is not up to date in terms of public awareness and victim protection.
The Collective responded by writing to Mme Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister for Women’s Rights (below, in French only), the author of this Decree. This letter was accompanied by recommendations reworked by the Collective, in order to take into account the outcomes of the November conference on child poverty.