Experts want Romania to do more to prevent the trafficking of children in the country.
In its September 30 report, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) also called on Romania to step up its efforts to improve the identification and assistance to child victims.
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, said: “In recent years Romania has made progress in adopting policies against trafficking in human beings. Further action is needed, in particular to prevent this crime at the root and to ensure that victims get the assistance and protection foreseen in the convention.”
The report states that the Romanian authorities have developed the legal framework for combatting trafficking in human beings. Additional measures have been made in the areas of training of relevant professionals and raising awareness.
The training provided to the border police in particular, has contributed to the detection of victims of human trafficking. GRETA also commends the high rate of convictions for trafficking in human beings in Romania and the setting up of a national agency for the management of seized assets.
The total number of victims of trafficking identified in Romania between 2011 and 2015 was 4,622. Most victims (54%) were trafficked for sexual exploitation, followed by labour exploitation (34%) and forced begging (6%).
The main countries of destination were Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Greece, Poland and the United Kingdom.