The Directorate General Combating Organized Crime hosted the international workshop on the preventive measures against this type of crime
On 3 October 2018 the Directorate General Combating Organized Crime hosted an international meeting on countering and prevention of trafficking in human beings. The event gathered in Sofia experts in this particular field from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Representatives from the European Crime Prevention Network and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX) also joined the event.
“Prevention is an important component of the comprehensive response to trafficking in human beings and at the same time it is a major challenge requiring the involvement of multiple partners. The implementation of effective preventive mechanisms should be based on close and active cooperation between law enforcement and non-governmental sector”, said the deputy director of DGCOC, senior commissioner Stefan Dzholev. In this context, he stressed that our country is among the first countries taking part in the development and the implementation of global and European standards for countering and preventing trafficking in human beings.
Within the discussions, the Bulgarian participants, including DGCOC, the National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and the State Agency for Child Protection shared their experience in implementing the multidisciplinary approach of cooperation in countering and preventing trafficking in human beings. Exclusive interest provoked an online campaign for raising public awareness on trafficking in human beings ran by the National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and the Private Sector.
The delegates were introduced to the Dutch and the British preventive initiatives in the field, and the activities of the European Crime Prevention Network. Focus during the discussions was on topics related to the effectiveness of preventive measures and the specifics needed to be taken into account in the development of campaigns - the different types of operations and the role of countries of origin, transit and final destination.
It has been recommended developing campaigns aiming at reducing the demand for services offered by victims of trafficking in human beings.
The workshop was organized within the framework of the implementation of the Operational Action Plan for 2018 within the Multidisciplinary Platform on Cooperation in the Field of Serious and Organized Crime (EMPACT).
The Directorate General Combating Organized Crime is the leading organization within the framework of EMPACT under Priority "Trafficking in human beings". As a leader of action to prevent this type of crime through implementation of prevention and awareness raising campaigns, Bulgaria invited the representatives of the EU Member States supporting the initiative to share their experience in the development and implementation of prevention measures trafficking in human beings at a pan-European level.