I thank the Spanish presidency of the Council, led by His Excellency Mariano Rajoy, for convening this important meeting.
I come with a plea: for Member States to take steps to help victims of trafficking today – and prevent further cases in the future.
That means attention to immediate crimes and underlying causes.
Trafficking is a global problem – but the most vulnerable people are those caught in conflict: women, children, internally displaced persons and refugees.
War provides oxygen to terrorist groups. It gives them space to flourish.