GRETA, June 2015, 61 pages
GRETA welcomes the development of the legal framework for combating trafficking in human beings in Finland, the setting up of the national assistance system for victims of trafficking, and the appointment of an independent National Rapporteur and, more recently, a National Co-ordinator. However, GRETA stresses the need to adopt a new or updated national action plan against human trafficking. Additional prevention and protection measures should be taken in order to address the particular vulnerability of children to trafficking.
Furthermore, GRETA urges the Finnish authorities to improve the identification of victims of trafficking by introducing a national identification and referral mechanism and increasing efforts to proactively identify victims of trafficking, in particular as regards sexual exploitation and new forms of trafficking, such as forced begging. GRETA also asks the Finnish authorities to ensure that the assistance provided to victims is adapted to their specific needs and that minimum standards are guaranteed across the country.
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