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Subject: [Stop-traffic] NEWS/EU: EU/COUNCIL OF EUROPE/EQUALITY.
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Jan 24 2001 - 09:37:01 EST


10/Jan/01 EU: EU/COUNCIL OF EUROPE/EQUALITY.
DOMESTIC SLAVERY AND TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS MUST BE INTEGRATED IN A
SINGLE REFLECTION, SAYS YVETTE ROUDY.

Brussels, 09/01/2001 (Agence Europe) - Presenting in Paris the conclusions
of work by the Committee on equal opportunities for men and women of the
Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly on "domestic slavery"
(rapporteur: Ireland's Connor, EPP/CD), former French Minister for Equality
(and former MEP), Yvette Roudy, the Committee's chair, drew attention to
the fact that reflection on domestic slavery could not be broached outside
broader reflection on the trafficking in human beings. The reform states
that the fight against trafficking demands not only an individual response,
but also a concerted one, on the part of Member States, and that each of
them should provide in their criminal code specific incrimination for
slavery and the trafficking in human beings and adequate and proportionate
sanctions, recognise the victims of trafficking precisely as victims and
provide for protection and rehabilitation policies for them. At
international level, genuine cooperation should be put in place between
States at both legal and police levels; such cooperation should also allow
for the causes of this trafficking in the countries of origin, especially
poverty, to be dealt with.
The Connor Report sets out the situation in Member States and, among the
countries where cases of slavery have been denounced, it cites France
(since the creation in 1994 of the Committee against Modern Slavery, 200
victims, essentially originating in West Africa, Madagascar, India, Sri
Lanka, the Philippines) and the United Kingdom (4000 victims originating in
29 different countries, most of whom from the Philippines). The report
distinguishes three categories of victims of domestic violence: - those
recruited in their country of origin by agencies to take up jobs as
domestics abroad; - those victims of traffickers and forced to work as
domestics; - finally, those already employed as domestics in third
countries and who follow their employers when the latter move to a European
country for a determined duration. The report notes that most of these
people have no legal papers in relation to the immigration laws of the
country of destination, and that they are often subjected to physical and
psychological violence.
Not Available for Re-dissemination.
(c) Agence EUROPE, Brussels 2001.
AGENCE EUROPE 10/01/2001
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