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Human trafficking needs EU cooperation says Abertay expert

4 October 2013

Tackling the complex problem of human trafficking needs a new collaborative approach across the European Union (EU) and Russia, an expert from Abertay University argues in a new book.

Dr Maria O’Neill from Abertay's believes that cross-border cooperation with the countries of origin of human trafficking victims is essential. New police networks are needed with Russia, the Ukraine and the countries of the former Yugoslavia, she believes.

The book, ‘New Challenges for the EU Internal Security Strategy’, covers issues relating to the EU’s Internal Security Strategy, from intelligence-led policing, the regulation of private investigators, to human trafficking and port security.

Dr O’Neill said: “Collaborative law enforcement centres similar to Europol for the 28 member states of the EU are being set up in Bucharest and Kazakhstan.

“With external support from the EU, its member states and the FBI, these organisations are rapidly developing their capacity to support transnational investigations.

“My research and teaching at Abertay University focuses on EU justice and home affairs issues, and it is clear that greater cooperation is needed to effectively tackle the very challenging problem of human trafficking that all member states face.”

Other contributions from Abertay University staff to the book include an examination of civil recovery of the proceeds of crime by Ken Swinton and an introductory examination and analysis of the strategy by Dr O’Neill and co-editor Aaron Winter.

Dr O’Neill is an EU lawyer who specialises in the EU’s provisions on police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters.

She has previous published work on EU cross-border policing, EU counter-terrorism provisions and EU trafficking in human beings provisions.

The book is available now from Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


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