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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE ROYAL PALACE 4 September 2013


On the afternoon of Monday the 30th of September 2013, Her Majesty the Queen will attend an international conference featuring the 65th anniversary of the New York Convention of the United Nations on the Suppression of the Traffic of Persons and the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others at Egmont Palace in Brussels. This conference is an initiative of Belgium and France and will gather European State Members that have signed the New York Convention. The Queen will take part of the Round Table aiming at reminding the objectives of the Convention and remobilize countries that have signed it.

The Royal Family has a long history of being attentive to the fight against this form of modern slavery and to the necessity of protecting its victims. The Queen has expressed herself on various occasions against crimes leading to sexual and economic exploitation and forced labour. Women, children and young people are the most vulnerable groups. Education and the emancipation of women play an active role in the fight against this complex and transnational problem, hence the necessity to establish and reinforce international partnerships.