A workshop on “Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking for the Purpose of Labour Exploitation-the Role of Labour Inspectors and Market Inspectors” took place on 3-4 July 2018 in Arandjelovac, Serbia. The multi-disciplinary workshop, which gathered 55 participants, brought together as a main target group: labour inspectors and market inspectors as well as representatives of the Centre for Human Trafficking Victims Protection, the National Anti-trafficking Co-ordination Office, the Criminal Police and different NGOs.
In line with the recommendations made by the Council of Europe group of experts on the Action against Trafficking in Human Beings and the “Report on trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation in Serbia”, published as part of the Horizontal Facility anti-trafficking action, the aim of the workshop was to sensitize the participants about the risks of trafficking for labour exploitation and the rights of the victims, as well as to increase their knowledge to proactively identify victims of human trafficking. The workshop provided a forum for exchanging experiences and practices from different professional perspectives. A good practice example from Finland in preventing and combating trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation was presented by a labour inspector from the Finnish Labour Inspectorate. In addition, 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 workshop was organized under the Action “Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in Serbia”, 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.