Human Trafficking is a serious violation of human rights. It is an international problem that involves the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
According to the relevant legislation, the Director of Social Welfare Services, is the “Guardian of Victims of Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation”. The victims have the right to protection and support, temporary shelter, care and psychiatric support until they have recovered completely from their traumatic experience.
People can report cases of human trafficking to a Social Welfare Officer of their District Social Welfare Services Office.