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European Resource Center

The government demonstrated significant efforts during the reporting period by identifying more forced begging victims and granting compensation to four victims from their traffickers in the first successful civil suit. However, the government did not demonstrate increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period.

The government penalized victims for unlawful acts committed as a direct result of being subjected to trafficking, in part due to inadequate victim identification practices. Law enforcement and social workers justified cases of potential forced child begging, forced labor, and forced marriage involving Roma as traditional cultural practices. The government lacked victim protection, including victim-centered prosecutions and access to assistance outside of NGO-run shelters, and the strike force was ineffective due to a lack of participation among relevant actors. Therefore Bosnia and Herzegovina was downgraded to Tier 2 Watch List.

As reported over the past five years, Bosnia and Herzegovina is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Bosnian women and girls are subjected to sex trafficking within the country in private residences, motels, and gas stations. Economically marginalized Romani children are subjected to forced begging and involuntary domestic servitude in forced marriages. Foreign women and girls from European countries are vulnerable to sex trafficking within the country.

The US State Department published  TIP (Trafficking in Persons) Report on June 29th . The TIP Report aims at global awareness raising of human trafficking by drawing attention to different aspects of this phenomenon and pointing to individual and joint efforts of the international communities.

 

This year, Bosnia and Herzegovina has been moved from Tier 2 to Tier 2 Watch list.

 

“The 10th annual Trafficking in Persons Report outlines the continuing challenges across the globe, including in the United States. The Report, for the first time, includes a ranking of the United States based on the same standards to which we hold other countries. The United States takes its first-ever ranking not as a reprieve but as a responsibility to strengthen global efforts against modern slavery, including those within America. This human rights abuse is universal, and no one should claim immunity from its reach or from the responsibility to confront it.” – Hillary Clinton

 

On the 3rd day of the European Migration/Human Trafficking Collective, the participants of the event attended the session on the inseparable link between migration and human trafficking.

The session was held in CNZD (Center for Missing and Exploited Children), in Osijek, Croatia, with Croatian stakeholders.


The 2018 Emmaus Europe Migration and Trafficking Collective meeting began on 20 June 2018 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the participants have met the representatives of member groups in Bosnia.

On the first day of the Collective meeting, participants have had a presentation, overview and a visit to the European Resource Center for the Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings and Other Forms of Exploitation - EURC, managed by the International Forum of Solidarity - EMMAUS.

On the second day of the Emmaus Europe Migration and Trafficking Collective meeting,  the participants traveled together to Doboj - East, and have visited the IFS - EMMAUS Youth Centre, where asylum seekers and migrants, as well as unaccompanied minors are accommodated. Following the visit, they have attended the Training session about the outsourcing of border management delivered by Claudia Charles from the Migreurop network.

After the training and lunch, the participants and hosts will head together towards Osijek, where they will have a session on the inseparable link between migration and human trafficking in Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (CNZD) with Croatian stakeholders.


The 2018 Emmaus Europe Migration and Trafficking Collective meeting will take place on 20-22 June 2018 organised with the member groups in Bosnia and partners in Croatia. On the first day of the Collective meeting, participants will visit IFS EMMAUS European Resource Center for Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings and Other Forms of Exploitation in Sarajevo, and will be introduced to centre’s work.

On the second day of the meeting, the participants will travel together to Doboj, and attend the Training session about the outsourcing of border management delivered by Claudia Charles from the Migreurop network. After that, the participants will travel to Osijek.

In Osijek, the Session on the inseparable link between migration and human trafficking will be held with representatives of the Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and Croatian stakeholders.

On June 8, regional representatives of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia have participated in a session organized by the ECPAT International, on a Regional Strategy on Ending Sexual Exploitation of Children in hotel Wyndham, Bogota, Colombia. At the session, the participants have discussed the summaries of the members outcomes since the last regional consultation, updates on the regional progress and have gotten the introduction on the regional programs. The regional priorities have been identified and updated and network wide priorities have been recapped as it was agreed in the ECPAT Strategic Framework.

On the second day of the International Summit on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism, taking place on June 7, in Bogota, Colombia, the panel discussion has continued with following topics:

  • The private sector's role in child protection in travel and tourism;
  • The role of law enforcement agencies in combating travelling child sex offenders (TCSO) and the inter-sectoral cooperation.

In the second part of day, there will be 8 concurrent working sessions, with following topics:

  • Strenghtening awareness and improving the reporting systems for suspected cases of sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism;
  • Sports events and the protection of children from sexual exploitation;
  • Child victims of trafficking in the context of travel and tourism;
  • International voluntourism - risks for children in travel and tourism;
  • The need for standards of child protection across the travel and tourism industry;
  • Partnerships between civil society organisations and the private sector for the protection of children in travel and toursim;
  • Legal frameworks and their implementation;
  • The role of the media in the protection of children in travel and tourism.

The International Summit on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism is taking place on June 6 and 7, in Bogota, Colombia.

On June 6, the topics for technical sessions were:

  • Multi-stakeholder approach towards ending the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism;
  • The challenges of multi-stakeholder approach in addressing the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism.

During the panel discussions, following topics were addressed:

  • The role of governments in child protection in travel and tourism;
  • The impact of digital environments on child protection in travel and tourism;
  • From child protection to respecting children's rights: Human Rights Impact Assessments in Travel and Tourism.

Representatives of the International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS met with the Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Dragan Mektic on June 5, 2018 with the aim to discuss the current migration situation in BiH and the partner role of IFS-EMMAUS to BiH institutions in this process. The meeting was conveyed as follow-up to the recent signing of the three-partite Protocol of Understanding between the BiH Ministry of Security, UNHCR and IFS-EMMAUS, on the accommodation and assistance of vulnerable asylum seekers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Furthermore, IFS-EMMAUS has also been recognized as the partner to BiH institutions in the recently adopted Action Plan of Emergency Measures for the accommodation and assistance to migrants, especially children, whose numbers have been increasing in BiH in the past few months, whereby IFS-EMMAUS once again expressed their readiness to actively cooperate with and assist the BiH government on the provision of needed assistance to migrants (incl. food, sundries, hygienic supplies and primary medical care), in accordance with international law and humanitarian standards, but also with full respect of BiH national interests and security of its citizens.

During the meeting, participants explored the possibility of additional – more adequate accommodation capacities/facilities in Bihać and Velika Kladuša, where IFS-EMMAUS would further be an active partner to the government in the provision of needed services to these migrants, especially children and unaccompanied minors.

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