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OSCE Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings has recently issued two new publications: Occasional paper No. 8 “The critical role of civil society in combating trafficking in human beings” and Occasional paper No. 9 “Child Trafficking and Child Protection: Ensuring that Child Protection Mechanisms Protect the Rights and Meet the Needs of Child Victims of Human Trafficking”.


A new report on Bosnia and Herzegovina by child rights campaigners reveals that the trafficking of children for labour and sexual purposes is on the rise and could reach alarming levels unless action is taken.

The study by ECPAT International says that destitution, discrimination against ethnic minorities and social exclusion are fueling this crime, and that while arrests represent just the tip of the iceberg, the report says that 57 human trafficking and related cases were prosecuted in the country in 2017, of whom 39 were child victims. The report has been prepared in cooperation with IFS-EMMAUS in BiH, member of ECPAT International.

Read full report here.

Learn more about ECPAT here.


In co-operation with partner institutions and organizations, IFS-EMMAUS marked the European Anti-trafficking Day .

In Sarajevo, at a press conference organized by the Anti-trafficking Network „Ring“, with the support of the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, IFS-EMMAUS representative addressed the media and the general public with an appeal for all relevant institutions and professionals in BiH to give priority to support for refugee and migrant children and their families, and especially the unaccompanied children and children who are separated from their families in Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to prevent trafficking in human beings. Also, the appeal was directed to judicial authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to intensify the processing of cases of forced begging, in accordance with the relevant legislative framework.

In Brcko, in cooperation with the Brcko District Police, the representative of MFS-EMMAUS participated at distribution of preventive materials for children and youth at the Youth Square, as well as a lecture organized for high school students in the Cultural Center.

World Day against Trafficking in Persons is marked in the world today.

Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally.

This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. While it is not known how many of these victims were trafficked, the estimate implies that currently, there are millions of trafficking in persons victims in the world.

Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims.

The 2nd workshop for NGOs to deliver coordinated services to victims of trafficking (VOTs) with accent on cross-border referrals.

The government demonstrated significant efforts during the reporting period by identifying more forced begging victims and granting compensation to four victims from their traffickers in the first successful civil suit. However, the government did not demonstrate increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period.

The government penalized victims for unlawful acts committed as a direct result of being subjected to trafficking, in part due to inadequate victim identification practices. Law enforcement and social workers justified cases of potential forced child begging, forced labor, and forced marriage involving Roma as traditional cultural practices. The government lacked victim protection, including victim-centered prosecutions and access to assistance outside of NGO-run shelters, and the strike force was ineffective due to a lack of participation among relevant actors. Therefore Bosnia and Herzegovina was downgraded to Tier 2 Watch List.

As reported over the past five years, Bosnia and Herzegovina is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Bosnian women and girls are subjected to sex trafficking within the country in private residences, motels, and gas stations. Economically marginalized Romani children are subjected to forced begging and involuntary domestic servitude in forced marriages. Foreign women and girls from European countries are vulnerable to sex trafficking within the country.

The US State Department published  TIP (Trafficking in Persons) Report on June 29th . The TIP Report aims at global awareness raising of human trafficking by drawing attention to different aspects of this phenomenon and pointing to individual and joint efforts of the international communities.


This year, Bosnia and Herzegovina has been moved from Tier 2 to Tier 2 Watch list.


“The 10th annual Trafficking in Persons Report outlines the continuing challenges across the globe, including in the United States. The Report, for the first time, includes a ranking of the United States based on the same standards to which we hold other countries. The United States takes its first-ever ranking not as a reprieve but as a responsibility to strengthen global efforts against modern slavery, including those within America. This human rights abuse is universal, and no one should claim immunity from its reach or from the responsibility to confront it.” – Hillary Clinton


On the 3rd day of the European Migration/Human Trafficking Collective, the participants of the event attended the session on the inseparable link between migration and human trafficking.

The session was held in CNZD (Center for Missing and Exploited Children), in Osijek, Croatia, with Croatian stakeholders.

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