National campaign for prevention of trafficking in human beings for labour exploitation was launched

The National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and the 10 local commissions in the country are launching the annual National Campaign for the Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings for Labour Exploitation. The campaign aims to raise awareness and sensitivity of society and vulnerable groups with regard to mechanisms for engaging in human trafficking for labour exploitation, as well as to focus on ways to prevent risky situations and ensure safe labour migration.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic situation and rising unemployment create prerequisites for taking risky initiatives for employment and absolutely underestimating dubious job offers, which ultimately increases the risk of being involved in trafficking for labour exploitation.

Within the framework of the campaign, a number of events and initiatives will be implemented with the aim of targeted prevention and awareness especially of Bulgarian citizens who wish to work in Europe, foreign citizens (temporary or seasonal workers) on the territory of Bulgaria, as well as workers in risky sectors, including people at risk of being involved in trafficking for labour exploitation.

The planned activities include a round table "Challenges in the identification, investigation and prevention of trafficking in human beings for labour exploitation", with the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, THE GI, the Employment Agency, the Labour and Social Affairs Services, Ministry of Interior, Supreme Prosecutor's Office of Cassation, Regional and Regional Prosecutor's Offices, Trade Unions and Non-Governmental Organizations; Regional Forum in Blagoevgrad on "Trafficking in Human Beings for Labour Exploitation – Identification and Prevention in Times of Crisis and Rising Unemployment" , with the participation of representatives of tradeunions, prosecutor's office, labour offices, etc.; participation in the 20th  anniversary edition of "National Career Days" organized by JobTiger, forums for students from Burgas,  Ruse, Veliko Tarnovo and Sliven; online Academy for volunteers from Plovdiv, Pazardzhik and V. Tarnovo; trainings of students from all over the country; trainings for Roma mediators from Pleven, Lovech and Veliko Tarnovo; information sessions/workshops with unemployed and vulnerable persons, with the support of the Labour Office; trainings of specialists relevant to the problems related to trafficking in human beings, development of specialized information materials, both in Bulgarian and English and Russian for foreign citizens working seasonally on the Black Sea and winter resorts, etc.



Single European emergency number 112 (completely free, dialed without code)

National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings – tel. +359 999 2000 + 359 2 807 80 50 (opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 17:30), e-mail: office@antitraffic.government.bg

Local commissions to combat trafficking in human beings in cities:

Blagoevgrad, tel.: + 359 73 86 77 77, e-mail: blagoevgrad@antitraffic.government.bg;

Burgas, tel.: + 359 885 532 692, e-mail: burgas@antitraffic.government.bg;

Varna, tel.: + 359 52 820 748, e-mail: varna@antitraffic.government.bg;

Veliko Tarnovo, tel.: + 359 62 619 222, e-mail: vturnovo@antitraffic.government.bg;

Montana, tel.: + 359 96305 471, e-mail: montana@antitraffic.government.bg;

Pazardzhik, tel.: + 359 34 402 241, e-mail: pazardjik@antitraffic.government.bg;

Pleven, tel.: +359 889 789 255, e-mail: pleven@antitraffic.government.bg;

Plovdiv, tel.: +359 32 622 136, e-mail: plovdiv@antitraffic.government.bg;

Ruse, tel.: + 359 82 841 918, e-mail: ruse@antitraffic.government.bg;

Sliven, tel.: + 359 44 611 336, e-mail: sliven@antitraffic.government.bg

National Telephone Line against Trafficking in Human Beings, Campania A21 Foundation – 0800 20 100

IA "General Labour Inspectorate": - Hotline - 0700 17 670