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Cop accused of sex crimes against human trafficking victims

Officer was investigating an Eastern European gang that brought women to Israel for prostitution; is suspended from force

A police officer was arrested Wednesday after he was found to have had ...

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Italian parents under house arrest for forcing 9-year-old into prostitution

The parents of a nine-year-old girl have been placed under house arrest for forcing their daughter into prostitution, police in the southern Italian region of Sicily said on Monday.

Two men aged 63 ...

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Let Europe face up to human trafficking in 2018

Europe’s reception of children seeking refuge is particularly shameful

Last year came to an end with horrific images of slave labour markets in Libya, and a further UN Security Council resolution ...

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Big hit against sexual exploitation: criminal group dismantled in Spain and Romania

Spanish National Police and the Romanian Police have joined forces, supported by Europol and Eurojust, to dismantle an organised crime group involved in trafficking women for sexual exploitation in ...

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Safeguarding victims of human trafficking and smuggling priority for international experts

DOHA, Qatar – International experts in human trafficking and migrant smuggling are calling for expanded cross-sector involvement in order to protect the world’s most vulnerable from the exploitation ...

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INTERPOL-led operation rescues 500 victims of human trafficking, leads to 40 arrests

COTONOU, Benin – Nearly 500 victims of human trafficking, including 236 minors, have been rescued following an INTERPOL operation carried out simultaneously across Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and ...

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Regional workshop

Within the regional project of the regional justice sector entitled "Strengthening Criminal Law Institutions and the Rule of Law in Central and Eastern Europe", in the period from 24th-26th October, ...

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European Resource Center

Every year thousands of people around the world become victims of trafficking in human beings, and state and government are the main instances responsible for prevention and suppression of this crime and for the protection of persons who have experienced trafficking. Civil society organizations play an important role in the prevention of this crime, and protection of the victims, but also in encouraging their state and government to meet the standards that they have committed to, as well as monitoring whether they do so. Although Bosnia and Herzegovina is planning and organizing activities in the fight against trafficking in human beings for more than 15 years, especially towards the harmonization of the legal framework with international conventions, and in collaboration with civil society organizations has taken significant steps to combat this phenomenon, in recent years the number of trafficking victims who are citizens, especially minors who are victims of labor exploitation and forced begging, has been increased.

In order to provide an independent and objective assessment of further development and improvement of the national response to the problem of human trafficking, International Forum of Solidarity - EMMAUS (IFS-EMMAUS), a non-governmental organization with its long-term action and innovative activities in the field of combating and preventing trafficking in human beings, has published "Monitoring and Evaluation of Anti-trafficking Policies: A handbook for victims’ advocates", which was developed in the framework of the regional project Balkans ACT Now!, with the support of the European Union. The aim of the handbook is to present a comprehensive and detailed indicators that allow monitoring - permanent or temporary – of national anti-trafficking policies, with an emphasis on policies for the protection of victims; and can be applied in the countries of origin and the destination countries of victims. The manual has been prepared in cooperation and with the support of the BiH Ministry of Security/Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, the Association of Prosecutors of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Criminal Policy Research Center.

Also, based on the developed Handbook, IFS-EMMAUS has prepared and published a "Report on Trafficking in Human Beings in 2015 in Bosnia and Herzegovina". This report was prepared by representatives of the academic community, as well as professionals with extensive practical experience in the fight against trafficking in human beings and protection of victims of trafficking in human beings in BiH. The report presents the main findings of researchers in the process of monitoring, and recommendations for further actions are defined: the process of identifying victims of exploitation is to be improved, especially in the case of pre-arranged and forced marriages and begging; judges and prosecutors should apply the approach that will be oriented towards the rights of victims so they would not be subjected to repeated trauma and to enable compensation to them; the need for a free and effective legal assistance has also been noted; authorities should continue to take measures in order to conduct investigations and prosecute suspects.

Publications "Monitoring and Evaluation of Anti-trafficking Policies: A handbook for victims’ advocates" and "Report on Trafficking in Human Beings in 2015 in Bosnia and Herzegovina" are available to the general public, professionals and all interested individuals in printed and electronic form, in the European Resource Center for the Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings and other Forms of Exploitation, which is administrated by IFS-EMMAUS, as well as on the web sites www.bihat.ba, www.eurcenter.net and www.mfs-emmaus.ba.

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