Campaign of fighting against trafficking of human beings launched in Moldova
13:54 | 18.10.2019 Category: Social
Chisinau, 18 October /MOLDPRES/ - A national campaign, Week of fight against the trafficking of human beings, was launched in Chisinau today. Within the campaign, more actions will be organized on combating this phenomenon and informing the residents about its dangers.
Thus, roundtables, discussions and public lessons, exhibitions, workshops and training sessions will be held in Moldova during one week. The participants in the events will exchange experience, will be trained and will analyze real stories of victims of the trafficking of human beings.
At the starting of the campaign, Government’s Secretary General Andrei Spinu has said that the trafficking of human beings remained a global problem and represented one of the most serious offences, which hits the lives of millions of people. According to Spinu, in the last years, Moldova has taken considerable efforts to combat this phenomenon; yet, concrete actions to this end are necessary in continuation. The official also said that statistics showed an increase in the number of identified victims of the trafficking of human beings, including thanks to the mobilization of authorities’ efforts. More exactly, 305 adult victims were identified in 2018, against 201 victims in 2017.
For her part, Health, Labour and Social Protection Minister Ala Nemerenco said that the phenomenon of trafficking of human beings affected residents globally and the countries of the world must take efforts to fight this scourge. According to the minister, 16 victims of the trafficking of human beings have been repatriated to Moldova since early 2019, of whom 14 were children.
Head of the Mission of the International Labour Organization in Moldova, Lars Lonnback, noted that, at present, a higher level of awareness was recorded about the phenomenon of trafficking of human beings, which “represents modern slavery.” “It is unconceivable when you see that a man has such a low price,” the official stressed.
According to prosecutors, 41 persons accused of trafficking of human beings and ten ones charged with the trafficking of children have been convicted since the beginning of this year. At the same time, 1.5 million lei was confiscated from people accused of committing such offences and distraint was levied on assets and means worth over 14 million lei.
The national campaign was launched in the context of marking the European Day of Action against the Trafficking of Human Beings on 18 October.