Youth and Trafficking - Belarus
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Belarus has been hit hard by human trafficking, with 5,500 known cases since 2002, mostly sexual and labour exploitation. The country is taking a dynamic approach to countering the phenomenon by prioritising protection, prevention and prosecution. In the same period, there have been 600 trafficking-related convictions.
These figures were discussed during an event last week near the capital Minsk. On Tuesday and Wednesday (20-21/03), a follow-up event for young people who had participated in a summer camp under the auspices of the UN Migration Agency’s IOM X campaign was held. IOM X is a campaign to encourage safe migration and public action to stop exploitation and human trafficking.
Participants reported on their ideas for anti-trafficking and related projects, were introduced to the project development concept, and will present their ideas to potential donors soon.