Jelena Hrnjak

Mocking both victims and institutions: How a convicted pimp Mihailo Maksimović became a seemingly important guest on national television programs

Mocking both victims and institutions: How a convicted pimp Mihailo Maksimović became a seemingly important guest on national television programs

Milica Radenković

20/04/2022 18.09

Few would have heard of Mihailo Maksimović if this convicted pimp had not written a book about his "job" and then became a welcomed guest in many media, including those with a national frequency.

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Ethical reporting on human trafficking is essential

The second training for journalists and media representatives on ethical and fact based reporting on trafficking in human beings was held on April 11, 2022 in Belgrade. Until now, a total of 43 journalists from all over Serbia have successfully completed this training. All participants had the opportunity to expand their knowledge about the phenomenon of human trafficking, gender sensitivity of this problem, hear about the main trends and statistics in this area, rights of victims, but also about proactive role of media and journalist in preventing human trafficking.

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Darija Kisić plans to open a shelter that has already been opened by her predecessor

Photo: FoNet/Milica Vučković

Author: V. Jeremić

Darija Kisić plans to open a shelter that has already been opened by her predecessor

At the end of the election campaign, the Minister of Labor, Darija Kisić, should open the Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking, demonstrating to the public that the current government cares for the most vulnerable categories of society.

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Despair as a compass

Despair as a compass

Photograph: Predrag Mitic

"We know from the experience of our organization that smuggling often ends up with violence, extortion, and often debt bondage and exploitation, and in there we also see a link with human trafficking. Despite the fact that the victim gave consent to the smuggler to take her across the border, she hasn’t consented to violence and exploitation This is where we start thinking about when the volunteering in entire process stops”.

Author: Momir Turudic

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NGO Atina: Who cares about the victims’ dignity?

Who cares about the victims’ dignity?

Photo: Columbia Spectator Website

If we do not agree that “mankind owes to the child the best that it has to give“ it will be difficult to agree on anything else. This quote of the preamble of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child, is something the majority of people would say it is understood that it is indisputable. It is the same thing like asking a question: “Is there anyone against the peace?“ However, reality refutes to accept that.

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Atina: Sexually abused children are being inflicted irreversible damage once their identity is disclosed

Atina: Sexually abused children are being inflicted irreversible damage once their identity is disclosed

Photo taken from the website: https://www.hindustantimes.com/

According to the latest available data from 2019 for Serbia, 64 percent of the victims of human trafficking are persons under the age of 18, while last year, following the statistical data, situation was similar – around 90 percent of them were girls”, Jelena Hrnjak from organization Atina has stated.

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Why the system is not capable of identifying and helping victims of trafficking in Serbia

Why the system is not capable of identifying and helping victims of trafficking in Serbia

Photo: Jack Sullivan/Alamy Stock Photo

During last year, out of 57 victims of human trafficking, almost half of them, that is 24, were children. Traffickers most commonly use children for forced labour or begging, criminal activities, sexual exploitation or forced marriages, as stated by NGO “Atina”, organization that deals with combating human trafficking.  

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