Data on the prevalence of human trafficking show that the majority of the victims are women and girls. Sexual exploitation is by far the first purpose of trafficking in women. This briefing highlights the special vulnerabilities of women and girls and the efforts of the European Union and the international community to combat human trafficking and protect the possible victims. It also underlines the key instruments adopted by the EU that are based on a victim-centred approach and recognises that support and protection of victims, as well as prevention should be gender-specific.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.