The fight against human trafficking

the fight against human trafficking Romania presents the results obtained last year in preventing and combating human trafficking.

The Government of Romania does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so - wrote the US Embassy's 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report. In this context, prime minister Nicolae Ciucă and the Romanian authorities made an analysis of the results obtained by Romania in preventing and combating human trafficking last year.

According to a government report, numerous activities were carried out in 2021 to prevent, combat, as well as to monitor and assess this phenomenon. The report mentions the cooperation with civil society and with international partners, in particular with the US, the UK and France, as well as a series of partnerships and projects in the field. According to the Prosecutor General's Office, Romania is seeing a drop in the number of reported cases, while the number of prosecutions and arrests grew compared with the previous year. Moreover, two thirds of convictions included time in prison.

The authorities are saying that the response of criminal justice should be reinforced by social and economic measures to protect vulnerable citizens from the risk of exploitation. In this respect, the eLiberare Association is conducting an information campaign about how citizens themselves can detect the signs of human trafficking, trying to help those who may be in such a situation themselves. The association is making available on online platform and a hotline where people can report cases of human trafficking. Loredana Urzică Mirea, the representative of eLiberare, explains:

"We've known for years that the victims of human trafficking are hidden in plain sight, because we often see the signs, but we don't realise that person is a victim. So, we created this centre in Bucharest to help citizens who see suspicious signs and want to report them. Maybe some don't have the courage to go straight to the police, maybe they're not sure that what they suspect is true. Our centre addresses these concerns, by providing a platform of discussion with the citizens reporting a suspicious case and with persons who identify themselves as being the subject of exploitation."

According to official data, more than 1,200 people were indicted and 175 sentenced for human trafficking last year in Romania. Also, the relevant authorities worked on 723 cross-border cases. The Eurojust 2021 report acknowledges that Romania had the biggest number of joint inquiry teams in this area among EU members. (CM)
Publicat: 2022-01-21 14:00:00
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