New guidance from the Council of Europe’s anti-trafficking body GRETA will give European countries the advice they need to protect Ukrainian refugees from traffickers and to detect potential victims.
The move comes following reports of suspected trafficking cases as the war causes an unprecedented movement of people, 90% of whom are women and children.
GRETA is particularly concerned about numerous reports of the disappearance of children that must be addressed as a matter of urgency and gives special advice on how to safeguard children. With a view to preventing the disappearance and abuse of children, the guidance note recommends that all unaccompanied and separated children are registered and benefit immediately from effective protective care arrangements, including safe and specialised accommodation, with trained staff alerted to the risks of human trafficking. Special checks are needed in the case of children travelling with unrelated adults or if there are doubts about the relationship between a child and the accompanying adults.