This plan lays out the foundations of a public policy against human trafficking in all its forms. Developed with the cooperation of associations and whose principles were announced by the President of the Republic on the occasion of the National day for the remembrance of trafficking, slavery and their abolition this past 10 May, it also marks the government’s commitment to the fight against human trafficking. It makes it one of the State’s priorities.
This policy could be supported by a fund dedicated to victims of trafficking and for the insertion of prostituted persons.
This action plan responds to France’s European commitments, after the ratification of the Council of Europe’s Warsaw Convention and the transposition of the European directive of 5 April 2011. It includes 23 measures focusing on the identification and accompaniment of victims, dismantling networks and the implementation of a public policy in its own right on the subject.
1/ Identify and accompany victims of trafficking. It is necessary to strengthen support for associations, to train professionals, to raise awareness among the general public and to mobilise the populations most exposed to the different forms of trafficking. A better organised plan will be ensured for, in particular, access to lodging and social services for victims, as well as permission for them to stay in the host country for a period. Supplementary measures are planned for victims of prostitution and the trafficking of minors.
2/ Pursue and dismantle trafficking networks. Human trafficking is predominantly a transnational criminal phenomenon. The public services, magistrates, labour inspectors and TRACFIN are mobilised to further pursue these infractions, as well as to seize and confiscate the goods of their perpetrators. This action is reinforced with strengthened European and international cooperation for dismantling the networks.
3/ Make the fight against human trafficking a public policy in its own right, at both the local and national level. The creation of a reliable statistics tool and the establishment of a National Rapporteur complete an institutional architecture in line with the international requirements and focused on efficiency.
Excerpts from the Council of Ministers