Borchardt: More Must Be Done to Help Trafficking Victims
Albanian Daily News
Published October 18, 2017
The Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania, Ambassador Bernd Borchardt, participated on Wednesday in the Conference against Trafficking in Persons held today in Tirana, as part of the Month of Fighting against Trafficking in Persons.
In remarks delivered at this event, Ambassador Bernd Borchardt said: “Great efforts have been made in Albania so far to address the multi-dimensional aspects of human trafficking to improve both legislation and policies, while cooperating with the international community in building the skills and capacities of professionals at various levels. But a lot more remains to be done.”
He added: “The OSCE Presence has been actively engaged in addressing the phenomenon of child labour and children in street situation. To our regret, we have noticed that there are cases of exploited children, who were reported to the law-enforcement authorities, but were not followed. These children continue to remain in the streets and what the statistics do not tell is the pain and suffering behind every human trafficking victim. In the last two years, over 500 cases of street children have been managed country-wide, but very few traffickers and exploiters were sent to jail.”
Ambassador Borchardt also noted: “Today, we mark the European Anti-Trafficking Day, which coincides with the anniversary of the establishment of the National Coalition of Anti-Trafficking Shelters. Allow me to congratulate the staff of these shelters for their amazing contribution in providing unconditional support and assistance to trafficking victims. Your work is inspiring and deserves support from all of us. We are proud that a couple of years ago we recognized your valuable contribution with the OSCE Human Rights Award. We encourage the Government to continue supporting these shelters with appropriate funds. We also urge the local government to dedicate adequate budgets and human resources to the social protection of the most vulnerable groups to trafficking in order to prevent human trafficking within and outside Albania.”