19 March 2001
Migration connected with trafficking in women and prostitution
Motion for a resolution
presented by Mrs Herczog and others
This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only
the members who have signed it
1. The increasing number of women migrating in the Council of Europe member states is closely connected with such dangerous practices as trafficking in women and prostitution. The reasons for such migration are poverty, discrimination against women, unemployment and lack of education and access to resources, political and economical instability.
2. The Assembly has on several occasions recalled this problem in its recommendations, in particular in Recommendation 1325 (1997) on traffic in women and forced prostitution in Council of Europe member states and in Recommendation 1450 (2000) on violence against women as well as in Recommendation 1489 (2001) on transit migration in central and eastern Europe.
3. It has been acknowledged that the migration connected with trafficking in women and prostitution is linked to organised crime, which exploit a gap between the high demand for migrant labour on the one hand, and the diminishing legal channels of migration in Europe on the other.
4. Female migrants are usually forced to work in the sectors where access to information networks and social support is limited, which exposes them to discrimination, abuse and violence. This requires a strong, coordinated reply by European states to the challenges posed by the interrelation between migration and trafficking in women and prostitution.
5. The Assembly therefore calls on the member states of the Council of Europe to:
- improve awareness and understanding of the trafficking practices, taking preventive actions before irregular migration takes place;
- increase the sanctions against traffickers and persons engaged in prostitution;
- adopt migration policies toward victims of trafficking and prostitution;
- ensure the return home and reintegration of migrant women who have been subjected to abuse.
Signed : 1
Herczog, Hungary, SOC
Aguiar, Portugal, EPP/CD
Castro, Spain, EPP/CD
Cliveti, Romania, SOC
Dromberg, Finland, EDG
Druziuk, Ukraine, UEL
Frimannsdottir, Iceland, SOC
Keltosova, Slovakia, EDG
Kiely, Ireland, LDR
Lopez Gonzalez, Spain, SOC
Neuwirth, France, EDG
Poptodorova, Bulgaria, SOC
Pozza Tasca, Italy, LDR
1 SOC: Socialist Group
EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party
EDG: European Democratic Group
LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group
UEL: Group of the Unified European Left
NR: not registered in a group