Press release - DC151 (2011)

Council of Europe Anti Trafficking Body says Croatia must work to overcome prejudice against trafficking victims

Strasbourg, 02.12.2011 - A Council of Europe Anti-Trafficking body has urged the Croatian authorities to raise public awareness and provide training to overcome prejudices against the victims of trafficking.

The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) made the call in its first evaluation report on Croatia, stressing that outreach needed to be more proactive, especially with children and victims of labour exploitation.

Legislative and practical measures needed to be adopted to give victims access to compensation, and training was needed for legal professionals to secure prosecution and ensure sentences commensurate with the gravity of the offence.

GRETA also welcomed the appointment of a National Co-ordinator, creation of a National Committee to combat trafficking, and the setting up of multi-disciplinary mobile teams to assist and help identify victims.

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