Policy Panel in Brussels / Belgium, 17 September, 2014
On 17 September, 2014, a policy panel on “Trafficking of Minors in Europe and Asia - Tackling a Common Challenge” took place in Brussels and was attended by 78 people. The panel was chaired by Yves Pascouau, European Policy Centre and saw presentations by Delia Stanescu, Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union; Zoi Sakelliadou, Office of the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator; Patricia Le Cocq, Belgian Federal Migration Centre; Jedrek Chua Ng, Department of Justice of the Republic of the Philippines; Annette Lyth, United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (UNIAP); and Khine Myat Chit, Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The speakers analyzed the situation of minors as victims of human trafficking and the causes of their vulnerability. The panel provided insights into policy responses from different countries and regions. While a multi-stakeholder approach is necessary, it became clear that some governments try to offload their responsibilities to, for instance, NGOs.