Suppression of Human Trafficking in Serbia and Western Balkans - Local, Regional and International perspective with a Case study

We are living in the emerging complex security challenges era. It is important to strategically and comprehensively understand every vector that successfully drives our societies towards more democratic, secure and resilient setting. Existing global and regional powers are inevitably shaping the future of international relations and power dynamics, but smaller nations and countries like Serbia and other Southeast European countries were always important segment of global concerns, due to their important Geo-political and Geo-strategic position as well as their historically implicated influence on contemporary balance of powers within the international arena. Addressing of Human Trafficking is an important segment for bridging and synchronizing wider security policies of the region but more importantly it represents a contemporary security challenge that should be addressed pro-actively through cross-sector collaboration, multilateral partnerships and intelligence and information sharing. Serbian response is directed towards modern and comprehensive strategic approach, including successful implementation of the National Strategy for Prevention and Suppression of Trafficking in Humans, Especially Women and Children and Protection of the Victims, from 2017-2022.

Western Balkans is a relatively small but culturally and demographically very diverse region of Europe. It is one of the regions currently vastly affected by the irregular migrations with the high influx of refugees and migrants from the Middle East, hence, the problem of Human Trafficking along the migration routes is emerging and rising every day. The Republic of Serbia is geopolitically positioned in the center of the Balkan route. Although the problem of Human Trafficking is addressed with high priority in Serbia, there is still much more to be done in respect to cooperation and coordination between various organizations and agencies, resulting with creating of synergy for countering this rising problem. Through the recent years, the understanding of this important security and humanitarian concern has developed and Ministry of Interior of the republic of Serbia is constantly synchronizing and adapting its legislation and regulations towards comprehensive and adequate response through partnership and cooperation with various organizations and stakeholders present in the region and globally. The importance of regional and international cooperation is definitely crucial. Many cases of Sex and Labor Trafficking are organized and transnational in their nature and only strong and sustainable international cooperation can bring us to satisfying results such is adequate protection of victims and dismantling of the criminal groups of perpetrators. A case study of child sexual exploitation that took high publicity in Serbia in 2017, and its international criminal nature involving Germany, Austria, USA, Australia and Sweden should be thoroughly analyzed as an example of emerging shapes of Sexual Exploitation of Children with using Internet by traffickers as a highly efficient asset.


Outline/Structure of the Presentation

(power point interactive presentation format with Q & A session)

- Human trafficking in the global context of human security

- Human trafficking in the context of organized crime

- Aspects and variations of the Trafficking in Human beings for the purpose of Sexual Exploitation (Sex Trafficking)

- Societal implications of Sex Trafficking and its convergences with family/domestic violence and abuse

- Nexus of Sex Trafficking, Labor Trafficking and Drug Trafficking – demand driven “industries”

- Social psychology of Sex Trafficking and significance of prevention

- Presentation of the strategy and systems of suppression of Human Trafficking in Serbia and the region of Western Balkans and Europe

- Sex Trafficking case study from Western Balkans Region (with trans-national implications and using Internet by traffickers as an asset) and critical/comparative analysis of the presented study

Learning Outcome

- Participants will get a thoughtful insight about the upsetting issue of Sex Trafficking and its implications to public safety, human rights and human security.

- Participants will get my optimal and sincere reflections and sharing of knowledge and professional experience in the form of comprehensive presentation and follow up discussion about trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual and labor exploitation, critical exploration and analysis of the case studies from my work and in depth analysis of implications of sex trafficking to human rights and security.

- I am and i will be absolutely open to any positive and\or negative remarks and critics, suggestions, direct and follow up discussions and further elaborations about my experience, knowledge and understanding of this important dehumanizing concern.

- Participants will learn about and get ideas for valuable exchange of knowledge and expertise as well as connections and opportunities for future networking and collaboration of multi-sectoral nature.

- I will be glad to talk and share insight about cultural and historical perspectives of my country (Serbia), Western Balkans region and beyond.

Target Audience

Law Enforcement, Social Workers, Non - Governmental organizations dealing with the victim protection, Medical professionals, Labor Inspectors, Students etc.

Prerequisites for Attendees

there are not particular requirements and prerequisites. Participants should be professionals dealing or preparing to deal with Human Trafficking on any level, or be the persons who would like to learn more about it.

schedule Submitted 3 years ago

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