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Protecting the right to privacy and data confidentiality of victims of human trafficking
Who cares about the victims’ dignity?
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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.
There is not much time left to apply for an incredible event we are very much looking forward to!
On Friday, September 10 (11-13 CET), we will be in the company of phenomenal speakers and experts in the social inclusion of human trafficking victims, at a roundtable "Sustainable Freedom: Unlocking the inclusive growth of human trafficking survivors". Join us there!
Atina: Sexually abused children are being inflicted irreversible damage once their identity is disclosed
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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.
Why the system is not capable of identifying and helping victims of trafficking in Serbia
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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.
Fourteen-year-old girls are at highest risk
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Half of the victims of human trafficking are minors, and it is feared that the number of victims is up to 10 times higher
In the past year, of the 57 identified victims of trafficking, 24 were minors, almost half of whom were girls. Experts around the world, as well as experts in the Balkans and Serbia, assume that the number of victims in this area is up to ten times higher!
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Child trafficking in the Western Balkans region is still on the rise, despite a number of legislative and practical measures taken in previous years.
The coronavirus pandemic has further increased the vulnerability of children, due to the growing economic insecurity, unemployment and restrictions of movement.
Promising practices: During the pandemic, 178 girls and women with the experience of trafficking contributed to shedding light on the issue of violence in digital surroundings
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Women and girls make up the vast majority of human trafficking victims. They are most often exploited for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Fears that the pandemic could fuel the growth of cyber-trafficking and other forms of abuse in digital surroundings were justified, given the measures of restricted movement introduced by many countries.
As the world grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic, a shadow pandemic of violence against women and girls is emerging around the world. Like many organisations, the Sigrid Rausing Trust’s grantees are sounding the alarm about the rapid and widespread increase in abuse, and telling us how funders can stand with them to respond.