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European Resource Center

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) developed this guide in cooperation with the European Commission’s Office of the EU Anti-trafficking Coordinator. It implements an action set forth in the December 2017 Communication on stepping up EU action against trafficking in human beings and building on the Joint Statement to address trafficking in human beings, signed by ten EU agencies in 2018.

BiH delegation comprising representatives of the Ministry of Security, Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees, IFS-EMMAUS, Zemlja Djece, Otaharin and World Vision, participates in the Planning workshop for the regional initiative on "Preventing and Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings" organized and supported by the German Development Cooperation (GIZ). The project aims to improve the situation of (potential) victims of trafficking in human beings in the Western Balkans among the mixed migratory movements as well as the local population It thereby focuses on three areas Prevention Protection and Partnership The political partner of the project will be the Migration Asylum Refugee Regional Initiative (MARRI) and project activities will be implemented following a multi-level approach.

Read more: "Preventing and Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings" workshop

OSCE Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings has recently issued two new publications: Occasional paper No. 8 “The critical role of civil society in combating trafficking in human beings” and Occasional paper No. 9 “Child Trafficking and Child Protection: Ensuring that Child Protection Mechanisms Protect the Rights and Meet the Needs of Child Victims of Human Trafficking”.

 

A new report on Bosnia and Herzegovina by child rights campaigners reveals that the trafficking of children for labour and sexual purposes is on the rise and could reach alarming levels unless action is taken.

The study by ECPAT International says that destitution, discrimination against ethnic minorities and social exclusion are fueling this crime, and that while arrests represent just the tip of the iceberg, the report says that 57 human trafficking and related cases were prosecuted in the country in 2017, of whom 39 were child victims. The report has been prepared in cooperation with IFS-EMMAUS in BiH, member of ECPAT International.

Read full report here.

Learn more about ECPAT here.

 

In co-operation with partner institutions and organizations, IFS-EMMAUS marked the European Anti-trafficking Day .

In Sarajevo, at a press conference organized by the Anti-trafficking Network „Ring“, with the support of the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, IFS-EMMAUS representative addressed the media and the general public with an appeal for all relevant institutions and professionals in BiH to give priority to support for refugee and migrant children and their families, and especially the unaccompanied children and children who are separated from their families in Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to prevent trafficking in human beings. Also, the appeal was directed to judicial authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to intensify the processing of cases of forced begging, in accordance with the relevant legislative framework.

In Brcko, in cooperation with the Brcko District Police, the representative of MFS-EMMAUS participated at distribution of preventive materials for children and youth at the Youth Square, as well as a lecture organized for high school students in the Cultural Center.

World Day against Trafficking in Persons is marked in the world today.

Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally.

This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. While it is not known how many of these victims were trafficked, the estimate implies that currently, there are millions of trafficking in persons victims in the world.

Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims.

The 2nd workshop for NGOs to deliver coordinated services to victims of trafficking (VOTs) with accent on cross-border referrals.

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