To mark the EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the Council of Europe is organising in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the first meeting of a focus group of educational professionals with the aim to raise their awareness about child trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation and to equip them with a tool for early identification of potential child victims.
“The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy is putting efforts into furthering the detection and identification of child victims of this crime in order to ensure that trafficking in children for the purpose of labour exploitation is prevented, and that child-victims receive appropriate assistance and support” – said Jovana Trencevska, State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.
“Trafficking in children for the purpose of labour exploitation is a serious violation of the rights of the child and a criminal offence, which must be prevented and punished. Educational professionals have a key role to play in preventing and combating this crime” – stated Nicola Bertolini, Head of Co-operation at the EU Delegation in Skopje who was present at the meeting.
The event is organised as part of the “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, a joint initiative of the European Union and Council of Europe which seeks to support the beneficiaries in South-East Europe to comply with Council of Europe standards and European Union acquis in the framework of the enlargement process.