Here’s my translation of today’s Spiegel article:
Around 880,000 people in the EU are slave laborers, and more than a quarter of them are being exploited sexually, according to CRIM, a special committee for the European Parliament which investigates organized crime, money laundering and corruption in Europe.
Criminal gangs make a yearly profit of some €25 billion in human trade; this results in damage to the economy of over €100 billion in the EU.
3600 criminal organizations are active in the European Union. Besides the €25 billion in human trade, they make a €18-26 billion profit trading human organs and wild animals, while cybercrime causes €290 billion in damage.
Corruption costs the EU €120 billion per year; in the public sector alone, 20 million cases of corruption were registered.
Some of the committee recommendations:
• European tax havens must disappear
• Buying votes should be made a criminal offense in all countries
• Everyone convicted for money laundering or corruption should be banned from public functions for at least 5 years
• Whistleblower protection needs to be strengthened, so that no-one exposing corruption either in government or private business can be prosecuted
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