Department of State: Kosovo is a source and destination of human trafficking

Department of State: Kosovo is a source and destination of human trafficking

Pristina, 1 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Government of Kosovo is not delivering the minimum standards in the war against human trafficking. The country is a source and a destination for men, women and children who are victims of trafficking for sex and for forced work, including the restaurant industry.

This is said by the US State Department report on the traffic of human beings.

“Criminal groups in Kosovo do not force into prostitution only girls from Kosovo, but also from Albania, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and other European countries.

Women undergo sexual trafficking in private homes and apartments, night clubs and massage saloons.

Traffickers offer jobs as dancers and singers in restaurants and sometimes, they initially make bogus promises for marriage and then force the victims into sexual trafficking”, says the 2016 US State Department report.

Another way of sexual trafficking in Kosovo is through social media, which according to the report, is being used for “recruitment of the victims”.

The report also talks about the trafficking of human beings, especially children who are forced into labor, while in this case, the victims are not only children from Kosovo, but also from neighboring countries.

“Children are victims of forced labor, but also of sexual trafficking”, says the report.

According to the report, Kosovo must “strongly investigate, chase and punish traffickers and officials who are involved and issue tougher sentences including jail sentences and apply the provisions of the law approved in 2015 for the Compensation of Victims of Crime”.

However, the report says that the government of Kosovo must make important efforts to meet these standards. /