The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis have increased the complexity of the fight against trafficking in human beings, said Spain’s ambassador to Romania, Manuel Larrotcha Parada.
He stressed on Wednesday at a roundtable on human trafficking, organized by the Spanish Embassy in Romania, with the support of the European Commission Representation in Bucharest, that “this transnational phenomenon” requires “a comprehensive and holistic approach”, in which the international component is “crucial”.
“This crime affects almost every country in the world. Romania has a lot of experience to share in this field, which can be useful for all of us. During today’s seminar, the experts will tell us about the progress made in this fight and the challenges that follow,” said Manuel Larrotcha Parada, according to Agerpres.
In his view, trafficking in human beings is “one of the most heinous crimes against human dignity” and is a violation of human rights.
The diplomat pointed out that this crime often remains “invisible” because the victims are exploited in silence and in captivity and because, very often, out of fear, they do not report their situation to the relevant authorities.
Manuel Larrotcha Parada also stated that, together with other Western European states, Spain is a destination country for victims of trafficking in human beings and therefore has a responsibility to play a role in the fight against this phenomenon.
He said that Spain is working to focus on protecting victims of trafficking in human beings and to promote specific concrete measures to combat “one of the most widespread and profitable crimes”.
Manuel Larrotcha Parada mentioned that the steps taken by the Spanish authorities in this area include the commitment to further strengthen the Palermo Protocol and the involvement of his country in the revised European Union Strategy for the eradication of trafficking in human beings.