Study on prevention initiatives on trafficking in human beings
European Commission, 2015, 152 pages
The study examined 43 prevention initiatives, of which a share of 40% concerned actions in Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary. The vast majority of the (cca 85 %) in the given sample targeted information and awareness‑raising measures, followed by capacity‑building and research and education programmes. Among the key findings of the study is that there is no go-standard for assessing the impact of prevention actions but rather a comprehensive and contextual approach should be followed. The study found that more can be done on research and education that addresses the link between the organised crime dimension of THB and the supply/demand dynamics, as well as the training of police officers, judges and prosecutors with regard to capacity‑building initiatives. The study further demonstrates that a needs assessment prior to project design is key and provides a model for designing prevention initiatives using the tool of Project Cycle Management. Finally the study provides a set of questions to be addressed when deciding to allocate funding for prevention initiatives.