“The trainings on trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation targeting labour inspectors have a strong impact: increased professional skills, deeper understanding of how to assist victims of trafficking in human beings and improved inter-institutional cooperation” – said Bexhet Bexheti, State Advisor at the State Labour Inspectorate.
A training on preventing and combating human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation took place on 25-26 September 2018 in Struga, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”. This multi-disciplinary activity, which gathered 45 participants, brought together labour, market, tax, agricultural and construction inspectors as well as representatives from the National Task Force on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and National Referral Mechanism.
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, the aim of the training was to strengthen the capacity of labour, market, tax, agriculture and construction inspectors to detect and preliminarily identify victims of trafficking in human beings (THB) for the purpose of labour exploitation and to enhance the co-operation among key stakeholders in the country.
“The inspectors who have already attended several trainings of this kind are doing a very good job. It is satisfying to see how enthusiastic they are about this topic, and how their skills and knowledge are broadening”– said Katja-Pia Jenu, Finnish Labour Inspector, who has delivered previous trainings to national inspectors.
On the occasion of the training, a pocket guide for labour inspectors to detect and identify trafficking victims, a practical tool which had been developed under the Horizontal Facility anti-trafficking action, was introduced and distributed to the participants.
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.