Bruxelles, 15/10/2018 - 12:06, UNIQUE ID: 181015_1
Fighting and preventing human smuggling and trafficking is one of the priorities of the European Union and crucial to address irregular migration in a comprehensive way. Criminal networks take advantage of people’s despair and use land, sea and air routes to facilitate irregular migration, putting people’s lives at risk and seek in every way to maximize their profits. While trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling are two different crimes subject to different legal frameworks they are closely interlinked. Over the past years the EU has put in place concrete actions and reinforced cooperation at EU level, with third countries, joint work with partners as well as international organisations.