Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

GRETA publishes first report on Serbia

Link to the report


Strasbourg, 16 January 2014 - The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its first evaluation report on Serbia.

In its report, GRETA welcomes the important steps taken to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings in Serbia. These measures have included the
adoption of legislation criminalising trafficking in human beings and providing for the rights of victims of trafficking, and the setting up of the Centre for the Protection of Victims of Trafficking and structures to co-ordinate the efforts of relevant actors.

GRETA welcomes
the steps taken to raise general awareness of human trafficking and train relevant professionals. However, GRETA stresses the need to continue developing the aspect of prevention through targeted social and economic empowerment measures for groups vulnerable to human trafficking.

The report highlights
the efforts made in Serbia to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to the identification of victims of trafficking, but also stresses that more should be done to proactively identify victims of trafficking for labour exploitation and victims of trafficking among asylum seekers and unaccompanied foreign minors.

GRETA urges the Serbian authorities to ensure that all the measures provided for in law are guaranteed in practice,
in particular by securing adequate financing, setting up a sufficient number of shelters and facilitating the reintegration of victims into society. Further, the authorities are asked to ensure that victims of trafficking have an effective possibility to obtain compensation from the perpetrators and to set up a state compensation scheme which is accessible to victims of trafficking.

GRETA welcomes the
progress made in investigating and prosecuting cases of trafficking in human beings and securing convictions in Serbia. Nevertheless, GRETA considers that the authorities should take additional measures to ensure that victims are adequately protected from potential retaliation or intimidation.

Prior to drawing up its evaluation report, GRETA held consultations with the relevant authorities and non-governmental and international organisations active in the field of combating trafficking in human beings in Serbia. A confidential first draft of the report was sent to the Serbian authorities and their comments were taken into account in the final evaluation report adopted by GRETA. This report is published together with the final comments of the Serbian authorities, as provided for by the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. On the basis of GRETA’s report, the Committee of the Parties to the Convention will consider adopting recommendations addressed to the Government of Serbia.


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