18 October is the European Anti-Trafficking Day, launched by the European Commission in 2007 with a view to promoting awareness amongst the general public about the major human rights violation that human trafficking is.
In addition to coming from other continents, victims of human trafficking come from, pass through and have their destinations in the member states of the European Union,
The yearly EU Anti-Trafficking Day on 18 October makes both policymakers and the general public reflect upon the response to trafficking in human beings in Europe.
States still face challenges in properly identifying trafficked persons, providing them with adequate assistance, prosecuting perpetrators and measuring the overall impact of such actions.
The RENATE network across Europe provides victims of trafficking with free humane, expert, professional support. Where necessary, shelter and safe-housing is provided for women and minors. Counselling and medical care, assistance with rehabilitation and reintegration are provided.
And in order to build capacity and enable self-sufficiency and self-esteem, vocational training opportunities are provided and sustained support is the ideal.
Anti-Slavery Day, 18 October provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery and encourages government, local authorities, companies, charities and individuals to do what they can to address this crime.
Check out www.renate-europe to see the myriad of activities underway by the members of RENATE Europe-wide.
Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.