Anti-human trafficking unit reports on Serbia

A state compensation scheme accessible to victims of human trafficking should be established in Serbia.

That is one of the recommendations made today in a new report from the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) in its first evaluation report on the country.

The GRETA report welcomes the important steps taken to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings in Serbia. These measures include the adoption of legislation criminalising trafficking in human beings and providing for the rights of victims of trafficking, and the setting up of the Centre for the Protection of Victims of Trafficking and structures to co-ordinate the efforts of relevant actors.

But the anti-trafficking monitors want the country’s authorities to place more emphasis on the identification of victims of trafficking for labour exploitation and victims of trafficking among asylum seekers and unaccompanied foreign minors.

GRETA urges Serbia to ensure that all the measures provided for in law are guaranteed in practice, in particular by securing adequate financing, setting up a sufficient number of shelters and facilitating the reintegration of victims into society.

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