EU launches civil society platform against human trafficking

BRUSSELS (Xinhua) - The European Commission (EC) on Friday launched a new civil society platform against human trafficking for over a hundred European civil society organisations working at various levels.

Under the platform, the EC intends to organise regular meetings to gather information on the main challenges for participating organisations, as well as to facilitate online communication.

"The platform will ensure that they receive necessary support... We also hope to benefit from their knowledge in developing further EU policies," the European Union's home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said here on Friday.

The platform is set to focus on human rights, children's rights, women's rights and gender equality, migrants' rights and shelters.

Participating organisations are supposed to share experiences and ideas on ways of assisting victims, expanding networks and preventing such crimes.