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International attention on trafficking in human beings in the context of the war in Ukraine

[Translate to English:] Europol Early Warning Notification THB

Source: Europol - Early Warning Notification

GRETA (Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings), Europol, the EU Commission and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OCHCR) have each published a statement on the current situation in Ukraine and the risks of trafficking in human beings it poses. They specifically point out that people fleeing war often have mental and physical illnesses, are in unfamiliar environments, and are thus more vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking. Among other things, the statements call for refugees to be informed of their rights in a language they are familiar with and for measures to be taken to prevent fraudulent offers of transport, accommodation and work. This should be ensured by authorities. In addition, protection provisions for unaccompanied minors should be strengthened. OHCHR designates the resolution 2388 (2017), which states that trafficked persons, while respecting human rights and taking into account the trauma they have experienced, should receive adequate protection and assistance, including to minimize the risk of revictimization and stigmatization. It also calls for access to sexual and reproductive health care and psychosocial support for trafficked persons to be guaranteed without discrimination.

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