OSCE OSR visits Bosnia and calls for support for victims of trafficking

14 july

During a recent field visit to Bosnia Herzegovina, Valiant Richey, OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, called for more support to victims of trafficking in Bosnia Herzegovina.

During the three-day visit, the OSCE delegation discussed how to better implement recommendations formulated during a virtual visit in March 2021. These recommendations focused on ways to improve the identification of and assistance to victims of trafficking among migrants, refugees and asylum seekers transiting the country. “People on the move are particularly vulnerable and at a high risk of exploitation. Effectively identifying and protecting victims of trafficking is a crucial first step toward combating the crime,” Vaillant Richey said.

Their discussions also focused on key steps for screening and detecting signs of exploitation, promoting economic empowerment of women as a prevention tool and granting migrant children and unaccompanied minors access to education. The OSCE supports local authorities and civil society in building a system that will ensure identification and protection of victims of trafficking within mixed-migration flows and that will help them to dismantle criminal networks. The OSCE delegation observed that challenges persisting on identification and protection of victims of trafficking in temporary reception centres for migrants.

See original article by OSCE