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European Resource Center

On October 18, 2017 At 11:00 am, at the Building of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, the Association International Forum of Solidarity - EMMAUS (IFS-EMMAUS) in cooperation with the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina /Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings marked the European Anti-Trafficking Day.

A press conference was held in order to raise the awareness of the general public on the issue of trafficking in human beings (THB) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and to prevent this problem, especially among children and youth, as well as cross-sectoral cooperation between relevant institutions and organizations in the field of combating trafficking in human beings.

Representatives of the Ministry of Security of BiH /Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of BiH, the Task Force for fight against trafficking in human beings and the International Forum of Solidarity - EMMAUS addressed the media.

The most frequent form of trafficking in human beings in our country is begging; except that, prostitution, labor exploitation, forced marriage, and smuggling of people are also very present, it is shown by the Ministry of Security data on the number of cases for this year. According to the collected data from the prosecution, law enforcement agencies, social welfare centers and non-governmental organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the period January-June 2017, 50 potential victims of THB were identified, Stanislava Tanic, said the head of the Department for fight against trafficking in human beings of the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

IFS-EMMAUS specifically pointed out to the public the problem of unaccompanied minors, as particularly vulnerable categories and potential victims of trafficking in human beings, who are increasingly coming within immigration waves in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the problem of abuse and violence against children in the digital environment. Namely, according to the IFS-EMMAUS data, during this year (2017), IFS-EMMAUS took care of and assisted twenty-eight (28) unaccompanied minor illegal migrants from Afghanistan, Kosovo, Turkey and Slovenia, while in the previous two years, IFS-EMMAUS provided assistance for one minor migrant annually, said Elma Zahirovic on behalf of IFS-EMMAUS. She also stated that through the online SOS hotline for reporting abuse and violence against children in the digital environment, IFS-EMMAUS received over 670 reports on various forms of child abuse through information and communication technologies since 2010.

It was announced that IFS-EMMAUS sent a letter to all Ministries of Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as to the primary and secondary schools, inviting them to join the initiative and to mark the European Day Against Trafficking in Human Beings, holding thematic classes on the subject of trafficking in human beings, announcing through a public announcing system or similar activities, and in this way contribute to preventing and raising the awareness of children and young people about these problems, more and more present in our society.

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