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VICTORY! Together with colleagues from the www.traficdepersoane.ro platform, we've had a great victory: We managed to rectify the error in the criminal code, which modified the prescription terms for the crimes of child trafficking and child pornography.

 

EU anti traffickingAttending the Meetings of the EU Network of National Rapporteurs and Equivalent Mechanisms and the EU Civil Society Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings 20/10/2020 - 21/10/2020 as a member of civil society working directly in the anti-trafficking and after care programs for victims of human trafficking

The European Commission published its Third report on the progress made in the fight against trafficking in human beings. This Report identifies key patterns and challenges in addressing trafficking in human beings, provides an analysis of statistics and outlines the results of anti-trafficking actions. It is complemented by a staff working document providing detailed, comprehensive and substantiated information.

https://ec.europa.eu/anti-trafficking/eu-policy/third-report-progress-made-fight-against-trafficking-human-beings_en

 

The figures say very little about the real situation regarding the phenomenom of human trafficking. We extracted some data related to the first semester of 2020. Even in a situation of pandemic, emergency, isolation, etc. the figures increased compared to the same period of 2019, with requests for assistance from our organization increasing, requests from both Romania and abroad.

human trafficking q1 2020Statistics for Q1 of 2020 (an increase of 16% compared to Q1 in 2019)

302 victims identified
- 211 sexual exploitation, 62 work, 18 begging, 11 tentative.

128 minors
- 94 girls and 34 boys

215 women
- 56 exploited in Romania and 246 in other countries

183 have professional school, 87 high school, 20 without studies

42 child pornography, 12 internet pornography

Source: anitp.mai.gov.ro/studii

 

european commissionAttending the online meeting of EU Civil Society Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings!

Topics to address:

  • Updates on EU level developments
  • Targeted consultation towards the new EU strategy to eradicate trafficking in human beings

Parallel workshops:

  1. Preventing the crime of trafficking in human beings from happening
  2. Countering the culture of impunity
  3. Protection of victims of trafficking in human beings

People to People is member of the EU Civil Society Platform since 2015, and we are using our experience to improve the european and national response in order to prevent and combat human trafficking and protect survivours of trafficking!

European Commission - DG HOME

 

justiceAfter 3 years of fighting in court, with many deadlines, JUSTICE was done! Three defendants, three convictions of approximately 30 years in total, 20,000 lei in damages.

Next is another difficult step in enforcing the sentence and making sure that our brave survivour actually receives the damages!

Thank you for your special work:

Daniela Grăjdan - Law firm
Grecu Nicoleta-Iuliana - Law firm
Stancu Adrian - for valuable advice
Thanks for the financial support:
IOM Romania - @ TaNGO project
International Justice Mission Romania

 

 

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human traffickingThe actual number of victims is much higher, including in Bihor county. The ability to identify, however, is low. Some end up being referred to specialized services such as our Foundation but unfortunately such providers are very few in the country. Many victims remain unidentified and do not benefit from any support to reduce the effects of abuse and trauma, remaining long-term, some even permanently, in a state of vulnerability or exploitation.

Read article from Bihor online 

 

anti trafficking rountable ineuThere is no real and effective collaboration between institutions working with vulnerable groups at the macro level!

Day III - Round table with authorities and institutions from the Ineu-Tileagd-Sacadat area

We identify from the discussions over the past few days, that it is much easier to find solutions to "eliminate" cases with major problems, to get rid of them from the community. But we avoid watching their evolution, making referrals to those who could help them solve and reduce their vulnerabilities, to monitor. We were just glad that the "evil" did not happen to us in our backyard.

However, it is excellent that problems are identified. The first condition is fulfilled. Because we discussed today more about begging and the obligation to practice prostitution, we analyze the legislative loopholes that do not support vulnerable groups in any way. For example children identified as begging in big cities - no notifications are sent to their communities. Individuals identified as practicing prostitution receive fines, cataloging them only. Social workers are absent from city halls, and if they exist, they or the referrers are overwhelmed with bureaucracy, having no time to actually go out into the field. Community nurses and health mediators are absent, the positions of school mediators have been reduced considerably. Although at the local level the institutions try to collaborate and make efforts, however, they depend on higher forums and legislative provisions that limit their activity and intervention.

 

anti trafficking posterDay III - interactive discussions with super curious students who were full of ideas from "puiu Sever" high school in Ineu.

Entering in depth in the subject of human trafficking, but at a level so simple as to be understandable to all, it is again confirmed that it is difficult to protect yourself as a child when you were born into a difficult environment, whether we are talking about poor families, families where there is a lack of an type of communication, families who are more interested in their image in society - too focused on earning and disconnected from children, broken families, etc.

THE MORAL - the victim of human trafficking can be anyone! VULNERABILITY - whatever it is, it is exploited to the maximum by others! Healthy family relationships, real communication reduce this risk!

A united community and attentive to its members, always vigilant is the goal!

We thank Mr. Ionel Cordovan for the great work and continue!

 

 

salonta roundtable discussion on anti traffickingDay II - round table with local stakeholders (social workers / referrals, doctors, teachers, priests, police officers, community nurses, non-governmental organizations, etc.) from the Salonta area in Bihor county

Together we approached the problem of human trafficking, the modalities of recruitment and forms of exploitation. Considering that most of the minor victims or persons with disabilities are recruited from public areas - train stations, buses - given that there are many students commuting to the cities, that there is a large number of vulnerable people or in an at risk situation, DETECTION of cases is vital.

The trafficking of people with its subtleties - most people are manipulated and constrained emotionally and psychologically to be kept in the exploitation situation - making this crime even more difficult to prove!

 

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