For the third consecutive year the National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings is partnering with “Animus Association” Foundation in a national campaign for the prevention of trafficking in human beings for labour exploitation of Bulgarians abroad. The initiative is under the umbrella of the “Bulgarian – Swiss Joint Efforts for Providing Immediate and Unconditional Protection of Trafficked Persons and Preventing Trafficking in Human Beings” project, financed by the Bulgarian-Swiss Cooperation Programme. The objective of this campaign is to draw the attention of people looking for opportunities to work abroad to the risks of being deceived and involved in human trafficking situations and exploitation.
This year the campaign partners, together with New Moment New Ideas Company, Masters of Broadcasting and Rabota.bg, used a more provocative approach to draw the attention of people looking for seasonal or permanent positions abroad to the risks of becoming involved in a trafficking situation for labour exploitation as well as to show them how to spot dangerous and misleading offers.
The campaign is implemented with the media support of the „Masters of Broadcasting” TV show and in official partnership with Rabota.bg, the National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, the Employment Agency, the Agency for Social Assistance, Directorate General “Border Police” and Bulgarian Posts Offices.
According to the International Labor Organization, 21 million people worldwide are victims trapped in jobs into which they were coerced or deceived and which they cannot leave. Four out of every 1,000 people in Southeast Europe are in a situation of forced labour today.
18.7 million (90 %) are exploited in the private economy, by individuals or enterprises, 14.2 million (68 %) are victims of forced labour exploitation in areas such as agriculture, construction, domestic work or manufacturing. Trafficking in human beings for labor exploitation is ranked second in terms of the number of victims in Bulgaria after trafficking for sexual exploitation. According to official data of the National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, in 2013 the number of victims was 44, in 2014 – 16, and in 2015 – 22. Traditionally, more men and boys are involve than females, according to the report of the National Commission for 2016.