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Action to prevent child trafficking in South Eastern Europe – A Preliminary Assessment

Action to prevent child trafficking in South Eastern Europe – A Preliminary Assessment

UNICEF/ Terre des Homme, 2006, 94 pages

The Report outlines some key findings and recommendations from an assessment of the efforts to prevent child trafficking in South Eastern Europe. Its main purpose is to increase understanding of the work on prevention of child trafficking, by looking at the effectiveness of different approaches and their impacts.

The assessment covers Albania, Republic of Moldova, Romania and Kosovo and is based on a review of relevant research and agency reports as well as interviews with organisations implementing prevention initiatives and with trafficked children from the region. The first part of the Report reviews key terms and definitions related to child trafficking, while the second part focuses on the strategies implemented to prevent child trafficking in South Eastern Europe. It further points out the key gaps and constraints in current responses.

The Report concludes with a set of recommendations for all those involved in anti-trafficking action, highlighting that prevention should become a cornerstone of anti-trafficking efforts. For this to happen, data collection and understanding of causes and patterns of trafficking need to be improved, current initiatives should become more strategic and broader in their approach the protection of children, while prevention initiatives should be better planned and regularly evaluated.

Note that the publication date is indicative.