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Opinion and Study by the National Consultative Commission (CNCDH) on the trafficking and exploitation of human beings in France, 2010

Friday 1 October 2010

CNCDH ("National Consultative Commission of Human Rights"), 2010.

Trafficking and exploitation of human beings in France - a study by Johanne Vernier.

Bound by international agreements, France is obliged to fight against the trafficking and exploitation of human beings under international human rights law. However, many victims face barriers in accessing justice and appropriate assistance, and are being punished rather than protected. In this context, the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH) undertook a thorough review of the applicable law and the terms of the implementation of France’s international commitments, in order to identify flaws in the national system.

The present study, which inspired the CNCDH opinion, explains why trafficking and especially exploitation are not being identified or repressed as such, and the difficulty this poses in preventing and clamping down on trafficking and ensuring that the fundamental rights of victims are respected. To remedy this, this study proposes that a new approach be considered, not only to trafficking and exploitation but also to migration and prostitution.

The study uses an essentially legal analysis to determine how existing law can be used as an effective tool in the fight against trafficking and exploitation, by ensuring the provision of adequte resources, especially to victims, so they may resist; and if necessary, restore their fundamental rights.

The complete version of the CNCDH opinion (in French) is available here: Avis CNCDH

The complete study is available here : CNCDH study

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