UKIP MEP Margot Parker has today outlined how the EU has failed women and is actually helping trafficking and exploitation. The East Midlands MEP, in two speeches to the EU Parliament in Strasbourg, has outlined figures from Eurostat which showed that between 2010 and 2012, more than 30,000 people were trafficked across Europe - 80 per cent of them women.
She spoke on International Womens' Day and outlined further statistics from the UK National Crime Agency revealed in 2014, which show that more than 3,000 people were potential victims of trafficking, up by 21 per cent.
She said: "These figures are only those reported - the real figures will be horrendously higher."What has all the EU gender legislation, spending and QUANGOs achieved for women? The only people the EU has helped are the cross-border traffickers and criminals because it forces us to have an open door to 27 other countries.
She added: "These figures are on top of shocking statistics from Europol which showed more than 10,000 migrant children are missing, possibly caught up in sexual abuse.
"The EU has let women down - there is nothing to fear and everything to gain for women if we leave the EU."
Watch her second speech on the topic of how EU is putting women in direct risk here: