The European Parliament has approved a new European directive to combat human trafficking. Through more effective EU cooperation and a wider definition of trafficking it aims to hit the cross-border criminal networks guilty of buying selling and exploiting other people.
It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of people are trafficked into or within the EU every year mostly exploited for prostitution but also as slave labour and for begging and stealing human organs.
Since EU governments have also already given the legislation their approval it will now become EU law. The UK which decided not to 'opt in' to this directive when it was first proposed now has a second chance to decide to participate.