Portugal has modifyed the article 160º (Trafficking in Persons) due to the implementation of the Directive 2011/36/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2011 on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims.
To know about the 2012 THB Portuguese reality, read the Annual Report here.
Portugal was the first Member State of the EU to ratify the Istambul Convention - Prevention and Fight of Violence against Women. To see the Convention, click here.
On 19 June 2012, the European Commission adopted the "EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings (2012-2016)”. The Strategy is a set of concrete and practical measures to be implemented over the next five years. It is based on five key priorities: 1) Identifying, protecting and assisting victims of trafficking; 2) Stepping up the prevention of trafficking in human beings; 3) Increased prosecution of traffickers; 4) Enhanced coordination and cooperation among key actors and policy coherence; 5) Increased knowledge of and effective response to emerging concerns related to all forms of trafficking in human beings. To know moe, please click here.
The Eurojust Action Plan outlines six priorities for Eurojust 2012-2016: 1) enhancing information exchange to get a better intelligence picture at EU level in THB; 2) increasing the number of detections, joint investigations and prosecutions in THB cases and enhancing judicial cooperation in this area; improving coordination mechanisms, particularly for training, expertise and operational activities; 4) increasing cooperation with third States in THB cases; 5) using alternative approaches to combat human trafficking; 6) disrupting criminal money flows and asset recovery in THB cases. To know more, please click here.
'BBC' reports that a recent investigation by England's children's commissioner revealed that under a 'Gentleman's Agreement' with France, unaccompanied migrant children who are not seeking asylum are being returned (Source: Child Protection in Europe, Newsletter n°15220/12-01-24)
'Bedford today' reports that progress has been made in the South-East of the country to protect victims of child sexual exploitation, but there is still a long way to go to tackle this form of abuse (Source: Child Protection in Europe - Newsletter n°15220/12-01-24)