Anti-trafficking experts worried by “high numbers of unaccompanied child refugees” missing in Croatia

Anti-trafficking experts are worried by evidence of “high numbers of unaccompanied child refugees” missing in Croatia.

“With recent reports of high numbers of unaccompanied child refugees gone missing, the identification of child victims has become a priority across Europe,” said Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, following the publication of a new report by the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA).

The GRETA report welcomes Croatia’s ‘Strategy for Combatting Poverty and Social Exclusion,’ as a “root causes” contribution to the prevention human trafficking.

But the report’s authors want more outreach work to find victims of sexual exploitation – particularly in tourist areas – and say a strengthening of the role of the labour inspectorate is necessary, in high-risk sectors such as agriculture and construction.

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