Thirty-nine labour inspectors participated in a multi-disciplinary training on detection, identification and assistance to victims of trafficking in human beings for labour exploitation. Representatives from the National Task Force on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and the National Referral Mechanism also attended the two-day training in Mavrovo, on 24-25 January 2019.
The training focused on the role of labour inspectors, the Unit against Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants within the Ministry of Interior as well as the National Referral Mechanism. The participants further discussed trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation in different settings, such as agriculture, construction and tourism and shared good practices at national as well as international level.
“I am very happy to be here, to share best practices and lessons learned with Macedonian labour inspectors regarding detection and preliminary identification of victims of trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation, as well as to exchange experience regarding available assistance to these victims”, said Gianfranco Albanese, international consultant and the labour inspector from Italy.
The aim of the training was to further strengthen the capacity of the relevant inspectors to detect and preliminarily identify victims of trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation and to enhance the co-operation among key stakeholders in the country in line with the recommendations made by the Council of Europe Group of Experts on the Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) and the “Report on trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation”, published as part of the Horizontal Facility anti-trafficking action.
In addition, the Pocket Guide for Labour Inspectors, which was prepared and published under the action, was presented to the participants. This tool was specifically designed to help the practitioners during their inspections.
An experienced labour inspector, Vesna Tomovska, who has also been trained as a trainer on trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation, underscored the importance of this training and the Pocket Guide for Labour Inspectors. According to her, the labour inspectors not only enhanced their skills to detect and identify potential trafficking victims, but also improved their understanding of the National Referral Mechanism for victims of trafficking.
The training was organised under the action “Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings”, which is part of the joint programme “Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey”, co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and implemented by the Council of Europe.