LSI’s member ASTRA launched a new publication “The safety of trafficking victims and service providers and the risk assessment”. This publication aims to shed light on ways to prevent safety risks of trafficked persons and victims’ assistance providers. Victims of trafficking face safety risks from the moment they come into contact with persons involved in their trafficking. The safety risk for service providers is comparatively lower, but it is also present.
The lack of clear criteria for assessing the safety risks of victims and service providers has been one of the main motives for ASTRA to conduct this research. The organisation believes it is necessary to have uniform criteria for risk identification and safety assessment at each stage of the assistance process, to be able to take appropriate security measures when providing assistance to victims of trafficking.
This initial research in Serbia should serve as a basis for more detailed research on the safety of assistance providers and victims in general. The publication is primarily intended for state bodies and civil society organisations that provide assistance to victims, but gives also insight to others that would need reliable and relevant data related to the issue.