Protection and assistance to victims of human trafficking in Serbia: recent developments

Author(s)Simeunovic-Patic, Biljana and Sanja Copic
Title Protection and assistance to victims of human trafficking in Serbia: recent developments
Source European Journal of Criminology January 2010 vol. 7 no. 1 45-60
Date 2010
Document type Journal article
Coverage Serbia
Summary The paper reviews recent developments in the system of protection, assistance and support of victims of human trafficking in Serbia. Serbia became an important transit zone, that included the trafficking in human beings (THB) because of its geographical position. In 2006 the government adopted the Strategy to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings in the Republic of Serbia but this strategy is seen to be insufficient in many area, particularly relating to the identification of victims and assistance for victims. Assistance to human trafficking victims in Serbia has been provided almost exclusively through initiatives run by NGOs. The lack of specific compensation for victims of human trafficking and lack of specific repatriation and return programs is also discussed. The authors conclude that since 2000 the Serbian national response to THB has been positive but there are a number of deficiencies that should be addressed. Recommendations that will further improve the protection to victims of human trafficking include improved identification of victims; formal cooperation between NGOs and the government in providing support; and development of comprehensive preventive measures.
Keywords Human trafficking; Serbia; witnesses; victim protection; support; child victims; assistance
Topic Victims rights