NATIONAL PROGRAM 2010

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

FOR PREVENTION AND COUNTERACTION OF

TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS AND PROTECTION OF THE VICTIMS FOR 2010

Worldwide, trafficking in human beings is recognised as a serious violation of human rights. Human trafficking impairs the honour and dignity of the victims and, in some cases, their right to life. As a form of organised crime, trafficking in human beings undermines the basic principles of the law order and the democratic standards of society. The transnational character of the phenomenon requires the joint efforts of all institutions working against human trafficking at national, regional and international level.

In this relation, the government of the Republic of Bulgaria presents the National Programme for Prevention and Counteraction of Trafficking in Human Beings and Protection of the Victims for 2010, which is adopted as part of the implementation of the Combating Trafficking in Human Beings Act. The National Programme corresponds to the international standards and obligations of the Republic of Bulgaria regarding its membership in the European Union.

The National Programme is developed by the National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (NCCTHB) with the Councils of Ministers and the expert support of the Permanent Working Group with the Commission. The National Programme for 2010 places a strong emphasis on local policies to combat human trafficking, development of the work of the established Local Commissions for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and expansion of prevention activities among adolescents, their parents and teachers, ethnic minorities and at border check points in order to prevent human trafficking for the purpose of labour and sexual exploitation as well as child trafficking.

In 2010, the government’s efforts will be directed towards the protection and reintegration of victims by establishment a second shelter for temporary accommodation of victims of trafficking and finalization of the National Referral Mechanism for victims of trafficking and the development of minimum standards for victim support.

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