A new report reveals that Cypriot authorities have “not taken adequate measures” to discourage the demand of services from victims of human trafficking.
The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) calls on the government to conduct “targeted activities” to prevent human trafficking in the country, to improve professional training for those working with victims and to strengthen the investigation and prosecution of criminals.
The report adds: “GRETA considers that the Cypriot authorities should step up the proactive investigation of potential cases of THB (Trafficking in human beings) in sectors such as entertainment, tourism, agriculture and domestic work, including through close monitoring of the application of the visa regimes for performing artists.
“As trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation is reportedly on the increase, the Cypriot authorities should conceive measures to address this phenomenon, such as alerting potential migrant workers about the risks of THB and stepping up police and labour inspections.”
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