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Type of document: News
Topic: Evaluation
Geographic descriptors: Europe
Language: English
Source: see.oneworld.net/article/view/121707/1/3260
Date of publication: 04 November 2005
Long Abstract: Southeastern Europe Most Infected by Human Trafficking

Ivana Stevanovic 04 November 2005

The Conference on Fight Against Human Trafficking, held earlier this week in Belgrade, gathered the National coordinators for fight against human trafficking, governmental and nongovernmental organizations and Red Cross organizations from the countries of SEE. The participants concluded that the human trafficking is among the most shameless and brutal phenomena and the among the worst human rights violations possible.

According to Jelena Pesic, the Chair of Red Cross Serbia, the general estimate is that between two and four million people are sold each year throughout the world. The SEE countries are the most infected, she said, adding that Serbia and Montenegro is unique a unique country, having in mind that it is a country of destination, transit and origin, all at the same time.

"The criminal groups involved in human trafficking business earn way more money than narcotics cartels", said Pesic.

Predrag Boskovic, Deputy SCG Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that the Ministry initiated the ratification procedures for the Council of Europe Convention on Trafficking in the Parliament of Serbia and Montenegro. The CoE adopted the Convention in May of this year.

Michaela Clark, the head of OSCE Department on Human Trafficking, questioned the adopted practices of the institutions in charge of the problem of trafficking. She emphasized the necessity for a broader definition of human trafficking. The victims need reintegration by access to legal assistance, as well as protection and strategy to help them return to normal life.

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