Government Revitalizes Human Trafficking Legislation and Bolsters Protection for Gender Violence Victims

Government Revitalizes Human Trafficking Legislation and Bolsters Protection for Gender Violence Victims

In a recent, extraordinary Council of Ministers assembly, the government approved a series of measures aimed at reinforcing the rights of gender violence victims and reactivating the human trafficking law.

Revival of the Human Trafficking Law

The comprehensive Organic Law against Human Trafficking and Exploitation, which had been shelved due to the general elections call, is set to become a reality in this legislative period. The Minister of Equality, Ana Redondo, confirmed the law’s revival, emphasizing its focus on prevention and victim sensitization rather than punitive measures.

The main novelties that the human trafficking law is set to introduce include:

  • The right of victims to receive the Minimum Living Income (IMV)
  • Prioritizing victims for public housing access
  • Legal assistance throughout the process
  • Compensation from confiscated assets
  • Temporary residence and work certificates

These rights will be granted without the need for a formal complaint from the victims.

Strengthening the VioGén System

In addition to the human trafficking law, the government has also announced the reinforcement of the VioGén system. This system is designed to prevent gender violence victims from prematurely losing police protection. Also has been approved economic aid for sexual violence victims.

The government is committed to gender equality, and the eradication of violence against women is a high priority in its institutional activity and initiatives.

Journey of the Human Trafficking Law

The draft human trafficking law was initially approved by the Council of Ministers in November 2022, when Unidas Podemos leader Irene Montero was still the Minister of Equality. However, the legislation’s processing was interrupted by the 23-J. In her first appearance in Congress, the new minister did not mention the text among her portfolio duties.

Positive Impact of the “Only Yes is Yes” Law

The Minister also highlighted the positive aspects of the “Only Yes is Yes” law. As part of the new measures in terms of equality, the government has taken a further step in the development of Article 41 of the law. This section establishes economic aid not only for victims of gender violence, but for all victims of sexual violence.

Role of the Interior Ministry

Interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, also explained one of the measures that affect his department. The Interior will update the criteria that lead to the deactivation of police protection for victims under the VioGén system.

In this line, the Interior creates a new modality, the “supervised deactivation,” which sets police control mechanisms for a period of six months, extendable to one year. This prevents the complete inactivation of the case in cases of high complexity or those where a qualified risk has been detected at some point.