SARAJEVO, February 10 (FENA) – According to preliminary data from the BiH Ministry of Security/Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, in 2020, a total of 70 potential victims of trafficking in human beings have been identified in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Of that number, 35 are children, World Vision BiH said.
Children are most often trafficked for exploration in begging, and out of the total number of potential victims of human trafficking, 38 cases of begging, 17 cases of sexual exploitation and 15 cases of other forms of human trafficking were recorded.
“Trafficking in human beings is a violation of basic human rights and only through joint action of all relevant actors in the process – institutions, domestic and international NGOs and bodies, we can effectively counter this phenomenon,” said State Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in BiH Samir Rizvo.
In order to improve the coordination of relevant institutions and organizations, World Vision BiH organized the first coordination meeting of the State Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and the coordinators of the entities, cantons and the Brčko District. The meeting is organized in cooperation with the BiH Ministry of Security, the Office of the State Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Illegal Migration, within the project ‘Strengthening Local Capacities to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings in BiH’, implemented by World Vision BiH with financial support from the United States State Department.
“Preventing and prosecuting the exploitation of children is a moral and legal obligation of all of us. It is important that each individual, when he/she sees a child who is exposed to one of the forms of exploitation such as begging, reacts and reports to the competent authorities, and that the system takes over the case,” said the director of the NGO World Vision BiH Larisa Klepac.